Unitel only applicant to meet requirements for second telecoms licence

14 Mar 2013

Unitel International Holding, backed by Isabel dos Santos, is expected to be announced as the recipient of Sao Tome and Principe’s second fixed and mobile licence, according to a report by Macauhub which cites an unnamed official. Unitel was reportedly the only applicant to have met the technical and financial requirements of the tender, which was launched by local regulator Autoridade Geral de Regulacao (AGER) in November last year. The awarding of a second licence, which also includes capacity on the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) fibre-optic cable system, would bring an end to the monopoly held by national PTO Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes (CST), a subsidiary of Portugal Telecom.

Sao Tome and Principe, Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes (CST), General Regulatory Authority (AGER), Unitel International Holdings