Chinese technology provider ZTE Corp, recently chosen as a strategic partner by the Angolan government, is due today to take a management role in local state-owned mobile network operator Movicel, according to MacauHub, quoting Angolan news agency Angpop. The date was set in a contract signed a month ago between the cellco and the equipment vendor. Operational management of Movicel to date was the responsibility of Israeli firm Communico, part of the LR group. Under a state executive decree, the change in management is the first step in a partial privatisation process of Movicel, which will see 80% of the company sold off. Movicel launched services in 2003 as a subsidiary of Angola Telecom.