Chairman of the board of directors of Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT), Joao Domingo Correia, has told news agency Lusa that the telco and its mobile subsidiary CV Movel aim to proceed with 5G mobile network pilot projects ‘on tourist islands’ later this year once Cape Verde’s government has clarified its position on the choice of 5G equipment vendors. Noting that the state-backed CVT group currently partners a range of network technology vendors from China, the US and Europe, the executive said that the government ‘will have to clarify what it wants in terms of 5G technologies’ before CVT can ‘mobilise the resources’ for pilot 5G rollouts, adding that upcoming negotiations will be aimed at securing a 5G spectrum concession, while indicating that the operator will be looking for tax breaks to support its new investments.

Separately, Joao Domingo Correia also reported to Lusa that CVT aims to merge its fixed line voice, fixed broadband internet/pay-TV (CV Multimedia) and mobile (CV Movel) divisions into a single company ‘within six months’, while ‘guaranteeing’ that the plan does not involve any redundancies.

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