The Angolan government has launched the public tender for the assignment of the country’s fourth ‘Unified Global’ operator licence covering mobile, fixed line, broadband and TV services. Telecoms regulator INACOM announced that candidates have until 8 November 2019 to submit their initial applications for pre-qualification. In a second phase, qualified candidates will submit their full technical and financial proposals within 60 days for consideration by the Evaluation Committee. Interested parties can access details of the process, submit applications, request clarifications and submit proposals on the Public Procurement Portal (www.compraspublicas.minfin.gov.ao).
The tender is being steered by an inter-ministerial working group, after Angola’s President Joao Lourenco cancelled the award of the fourth licence to local start-up Telstar Telecomunicacoes for procedural non-compliance in April 2019. Lourenco demanded higher levels of transparency in the relaunched tender.
Current Unified Global licensees are Unitel, Movicel and Angola Telecom.