Movitel, a joint venture of the Vietnamese military-run telecom group Viettel in Mozambique, has become a strategic partner of Mozambique’s education sector and will provide high-speed internet service to schools in the host country.

Minutes on the cooperation was signed by Mozambique’s Minister of Education and Human Development Luis Antonio Ferrao and Movitel Chief Executive Officer Safura da Conceicao in Maputo capital on May 14.

Accordingly, the Vietnamese-invested company will equip 12 senior high schools in 12 Mozambican cities and provinces with all necessary equipment for IT teaching and learning such as computers, projectors, free high-speed internet connection.

In addition, Movitel will launch a new internet package for 120,000 Mozambican teachers, with a subsidy of 35 USD per subscriber per month. The company will also hold activities to raise funds for children with congenital defects.

The cooperation deal is to celebrate Movitel’s third year of operation, 40 years of Mozambique ’s Independence Day, and 40 years of Vietnam-Mozambique diplomatic relations.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister of Education and Human Development Ferrao highly valued the assistance of Vietnam and Movitel in particular, which has helped increase the number of internet users in Mozambique and reduce the IT gap with other nations.

Movitel began operation in Mozambique in 2012. The group has now become the second biggest mobile phone service provider in Mozambique.

Last year, the company provided free internet access to 2,500 schools in the country to mark its second anniversary.-VNA