Africell to be granted tax and customs exemptions in Angola

26 Jul 2021

Angola’s parliament has unanimously approved a law authorising President Joao Lourenco to grant tax and customs exemptions to Africell, the fourth Angolan ‘Unified Global’ telecoms licensee, which is preparing to launch commercial mobile network services in December 2021. As reported by Lusa, Angola’s telecoms minister Manuel Homem told parliament that Africell had invested ‘close to USD800 million’ in its Angolan launch, aiming to boost competition, reduce end user costs, improve the quality of services, create jobs and increase the penetration of telecommunications services. The incentives proposed under the law ‘result from a market study and negotiation and do not affect competition for companies operating in [the sector],’ the minister declared, adding that similar benefits had been given to existing operators in their earlier phases.

‘The terms of the [Africell operating] contract include a programme for gradual implementation of coverage between urban centres and suburban areas … within eight years the operation should cover at least 60% of urban areas, giving greater priority to coverage of suburban areas,’ Mr Homem added.

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