Fixed line operator Angola Telecom (AT) has announced the upcoming launch of new 4G LTE broadband internet services at Luanda’s International Fair of Information & Communication Technology (‘Angotic 2018’), reports news site Angop. According to the coordinator of AT’s management committee, Eduardo Sebastiao, the telco’s new LTE packages will provide users with ‘ten gigabytes of wireless internet at a low price’, adding that LTE will help drive the spread of triple-play TV/video, internet/data and voice communications services. It was unconfirmed if the new LTE service will be initially fully mobile or restricted to home/office modem usage.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database (GCD) notes that in November 2017 Angola’s ICT Ministry confirmed that AT had been designated the country’s third ‘Unified Global’ communications licensee permitted to provide all mobile/fixed voice/data/TV services alongside established cellcos Unitel and Movicel, under the new converged Electronic Communications framework (which entered law in full on 3 October 2017). Earlier, regulator INACOM had indicated that AT had been given the Unified Global licensee status when it qualified the telco for the primary round of the country’s 4G mobile 800MHz (digital dividend) licence auction launched in August 2017, the full results of which have not been officially announced.
GCD adds that AT’s subsidiary Multitel has provided fixed TD-LTE (3500MHz) internet services since 2015 when it deployed the technology across its WiMAX footprint in Luanda.