Angola Telecom a shoo-in for mobile licence?

20 Nov 2017

According to some local reports, state-owned fixed line incumbent Angola Telecom is sure of winning 4G LTE digital dividend mobile frequencies in the auction process launched in August to become the country’s third mobile operator, although official confirmation remains pending. Angolan ICT news site MenosFios reported that Angola Telecom aims to carry out tests of mobile technology in the first quarter of 2018, ‘and only awaits the endorsement’ of telecoms regulator INACOM before moving ahead with network rollout partnerships, whilst the Expansao newspaper quoted INACOM executive director Antonio Goncalves indicating that a new mobile operator will enter the market ‘in the short term’. However, INACOM has not yet published the results of the 800MHz digital dividend auction tender, which TeleGeography notes pitted Angola Telecom against established cellcos Unitel and Movicel in competition for two primary spectrum licences (2×10MHz each), whilst the loser of the primary round would be eligible to compete for smaller-bandwidth secondary licences (maximum of 2×5MHz) against ten prospective mobile new entrants pre-qualified by INACOM under Angola’s new converged licensing framework, namely: Mundo Startel, Zap Media, Infrasat, Netspace, Central 8, Fiber Sol, Capros, PrimeNet, Broad Bard and CMC.