Unitel sets $1.35 billion network investment budget in Angola

Angolan operator Unitel has earmarked a network investment budget of $1.35 billion for a three-year period from 2013 to 2015.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the company’s director Amilcar Safeca said it spent the same level of capex in three years to the end of 2012, and funded projects for expanding mobile coverage to the capitals of 162 of 173 municipalities.

The company also rolled out fibre backbone infrastructure across 12 of the country’s 18 provinces, while launching 4G LTE.

Investment for the next three years will be focussed on improving voice and data services in the country, according to reports, in addition to expanding network coverage.

Unitel is facing intense competition from rivalling operator Movicel, which was the first company to launch LTE in April 2012.