Angolan trio to receive universal licences

6 Oct 2015

Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies Jose da Rocha has announced that the nation’s three main telephony providers – cellcos Unitel and Movicel and fixed line incumbent Angola Telecom – will soon be awarded universal concessions for a range of fixed and mobile services, as well as pay-TV. To enable the expansion of mobile services, meanwhile, the official explained that ‘digital dividend’ 4G spectrum would be made available to operators, noting: ‘What should happen in the very near future is that we will no longer have the transmission of television and radio [in] analogue form, and move to digital form.’ The frequencies freed up by the transition can then be used by mobile operators for wireless broadband services, enabling them to provide wider coverage and faster speeds, the Angop news agency quoted the minister as saying.