Angola to ramp up mobile competition

31 Oct 2013

Angola’s national director of telecommunications, Eduardo Sebastiao said in an interview in the capital Luanda this week that four fixed network operators, including state-owned Angola Telecom and MSTelecom, a subsidiary of state oil company Sonangol, will be allowed to compete with mobile operators Movicel and Unitel in both mobile and fixed sectors, Bloomberg reports. Sebastiao said: ‘It’s still being analyzed to see if companies will pay a fee for the frequency spectrum or for a universal licence. We still need to work on the legislation so it’s too early to say when it will be implemented… We encourage international companies to join with local companies and we’re ready for investors to set up operations now. This will create not only financial wealth but social well-being through increased jobs and by fighting poverty.’ Sebastiao also noted that the telecoms sector was being further stimulated by the USD200 million Angola-Brazil submarine cable project (South Atlantic Cable System) in which local consortium Angola Cables is a partner, scheduled to begin deployment next year, as well as the USD300 million Russian-built Angolan satellite scheduled for launch in 2017. He added that fibre-optic cable deployments and upgrades will also help to drive Angola to achieve mobile user penetration of 85% of the population. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Angola’s cellular penetration figure soared up from less than 20% in 2006 to approximately 70% this year – up by around twelve percentage points year-on-year.

Angola, Angola Telecom (AT), Movicel (Angola), MSTelcom (incl. Net One), Unitel (Angola)