Ana Priscila Pedro Fransisco

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Keynote Presentation:
SDI Model for Spatially Enabled Mozambique in the Telecommunications Industry – Case Study

Ana Priscila Pedro Fransisco, MSC Candidate – The University of Melbourne


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. What is the urban situation in terms of population growth in the City of Maputo
  2. What is the current state of art of the telecommunications sector in Mozambique
  3. What are the current Spatial Development Initiatives in Mozambique
  4. How is an SDI being proposed to support spatially enabled planning in the context of the City of Maputo
  5. What will follow next, in terms of work plan for the current research still in progress

Target Audience

– Academia and fellow researchers
– Spatial and IT business companies
– Government / International Development Aid Agencies
– Anyone interested in emerging markets/economies

Presentation Overview

Between 1980 and 1997, the City of Maputo’s population increased by 30%. In 2007 the population increased by another 10%. The National Institute of Statistics in Mozambique has projected a further 14% increase by 2016, totaling 1,257,500 inhabitants out of the 26,424,000 country’s population. This is contributing to significant peri-urban population growth, considering the fact that the City of Maputo has only 347 km2. In addition, the telecommunications market has noticed considerable changes as in 2013 the national authority had registered more subscriptions in mobile networks than in fixed ones – 99.33% of the overall telephone subscribers were from mobile cellular networks.

Without a planning framework to accommodate this phenomenon in terms of new infrastructure, land use and population distribution, it becomes important to develop a spatial enabled society where data across multiple disciplines is available to all stakeholders for encouraging creativity and the development of new products and services.

By conducting a case study in the telecommunications industry enhancing the use of Geographic Information and GIS tools, an Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and roadmap are proposed, to bring together diverse sets of spatial data to support a more coordinated planning for peri-urban telecommunications infrastructure, in the context of the City of Maputo.


Ana Priscila is a Telecommunications Engineer at the Mozambique National Institute of Communications (INCM) – the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. Her brief concerns SIM Card Registration, Quality of Service, Numbering and policy formulation within the context of case studies and international best practices, supporting telecommunications regulatory needs in Mozambique. In 2014 she decided to pursue a MSC in Spatial Information Science at the University of Melbourne. Her current research focuses on developing a SDI model for Spatially Enabled Planning by conducting a case study in the Telecommunications Sector for periurban areas in Maputo – Mozambique’s capital city.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard is the Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of
Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures & Land Administration (CSDILA).
He had published broadly on SDI, land administration, GIS and spatial data management. Recently, he has
focused more on the design and development of SDIs in different jurisdictions including sustainable and smart cities.

As this research is part of the investigation project of the first author, acknowledges are presented to Professor Abbas Rajabifard for his academic and research leadership and the CSDILA colleagues, for their ongoing support and contribution to this work.