01 December 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Angola will hold a public tender for a fixed and mobile operator, with details due by the end of the month.
The country’s minister of telecommunications
and information technologies, José da Rocha, said that
by the end of this year the regulator will have the
specifications available for interested investors.
"We are going to increase the competition. It will improve the
service and we will work on prices and the quality of the
services," said da Rocha, according to state news agency
The Angolan state will hold on to 45% of the winning company,
he added. At the same time it plans to sell 45% of state-owned
fixed operator Angola Telecom.
The new operator will be able to offer fixed, mobile and pay-TV
networks, said da Rocha. It will compete with Angola Telecom
and two privately owned companies, Unitel and Movicel.
Unitel is controlled by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former
President José Eduardo dos Santos, who lost office after
38 years in September 2017 to João Lourenço.
Since then Lourenço has been trying to dismantle the dos
Santos family’s business empire. Isabel dos Santos
is widely described as Africa’s richest
According to the Angop agency, Angola’s 29 million
people have only 11 million mobile subscriptions, a penetration
of just 38%.
Meanwhile another Angolan company, AngoSat, is about to get its
first satellite, due to be launched later this month from
Baikonur in Kazakhstan by Energia, a Russian launch company.
Built by Airbus in France, the satellite will mainly be used to
transmit TV programmes to Angola and neighbouring