Angola launching open frequency auction for the first time; 800MHz applications due in August

28 Jul 2017

The Angolan Institute of Communications (Instituto Angolano das Comunicacoes, INACOM) has announced on its website that it is accepting applications for an auction of 791MHz-862MHz band (‘first digital dividend’ or ‘Dividendo Digital 1’) mobile broadband frequency licences, inviting prospective bidders to register between 24 July to 4 August, with bid applications to be accepted 16-18 August. The spectrum auction – offering frequencies freed up by the process of analogue-to-digital TV broadcasting migration – represents the first of its kind to be held in Angola, where to date mobile spectrum licences have been allocated behind closed doors to the two existing cellcos, Unitel and Movicel.