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The standard of telephone service in the Cape Verdes today is equivalent to that in Central Europe a decade ago. The country has been experiencing extensive modernization from 1996 to 2000 following the partial privatization of the sector in 1995.

Mobile service on GSM is patchy and only a few networks offers roaming, this is also very costly for local calls as the calls return via the base country.

Licenses & Regulations

Cape Verde’s telecommunication sector policy and regulation formally started after independence in 1975. Until this date, the country’s telegraphy and telephony services, Llke other colonies, fell under Portugal’s telecommunication laws and legislation.

The telecommunications authority agency is General Directorate of Communications which was established in 1991.

Fixed Lines

CV Telecom is currently the only provider for fixed-line voice, data service, and Internet service (dial-up, ISDN, and ADSL). Telephone connections are good, but calls made to numbers outside the archipelago are very expensive. The number of main lines in use reached 72,000 in 2008.


Things began improving as The Cape Verde government had agreed to open up the market in 2007. Mobile phones in Cape Verdes are operated by CVMovel S.A. and its new competitor T+. The latter had obtained a license to compete and began operations in December 2007. The company is part of the Teylium Telecom group, which operates throughout West Africa. T+ has as its partners Teylium Telecom (which holds 70% of its capital), BNP Paribas, Banco Interatlantico, Ericsson and the World Bank, which is financing the project through the IFC.

Both operators use GSM 900/1800. Coverage is patchy but includes Santa Maria , Espargos and the airport on Sal , most of Santiago and the area between Rabil airport and Sal Rei on Boa Vista.

Cape Verde has around 429000 mobile subscribers (2010).

Mobile Operators

Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

There is no information regarding the ARPU rate of mobile operators in Cape Verde.


The major internet service provider is Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT). A fiber-optic ring was completed in 2001 that links all islands providing Internet access and ISDN services. Broadband services were launched in 2004 in Cape Verde.

As of 2009, there were 24 internet hosts, 142,800 internet users (23.9% of the population) and 7,400 broadband internet subscribers.

Key Figures

  • Number of main lines in use: 72,000 (2008)
  • Number of mobile subscribers: 429,000 (2010)
  • Number of internet users: 142,800 (2009)
  • Broadband Internet Subscribers: 7,400 (2009)
  • Number of internet hosts: 24 (2009)
  • Number of ISPs: 3 (2008)
  • Internet penetration rate: 23.9% (2009)

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