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Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

The Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation


Executive summary

Angola is the second-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, and the rise of oil prices in recent years has led to continued double digit GDP growth. The global economic crisis is affecting the country, and GDP is forecast to grow more in line with the African average going forward. However, with peace restored after decades of civil war, foreign investment has multiplied and the mobile market has soared despite a continued duopoly between Unitel and Angola Telecom’s Movicel.

Competition was also introduced in the underdeveloped fixed-line market, but launch delays and consolidation among the newly licensed players have led to a duopoly in this sector as well between Angola Telecom (AT) and Mercury Telecom (MS Telecom). The long awaited start of Mundo Startel’s fixed-wireless operations in April 2009 has now created a third force in this market.

The mobile network operators have launched 3G services and are shaking up the broadband market where fixed-wireless and ISPs have been competing with AT’s ADSL and cable modem services by rolling out their own wireless access networks based on CDMA and WiMAX technology. However, prices are still beyond the reach of most Angolans due to the high cost of international bandwidth as a result of AT’s monopolisation of the SAT-3/WASC international fibre optic submarine cable. The arrival of new international fibre systems to the country’s shores is expected to change this from 2010 onwards, coupled with the creation of the Angola Cable consortium in June 2009 which includes all major operators. In parallel, a US$500 million national fibre backbone network is being rolled out.

The privatisation of AT started in mid-2009 with the sale of a majority in its mobile unit, Movicel. The creation of Infrasat as an independent satellite business unit and Angola Cable for international fibre connections are additional steps towards greater liberalisation of the country’s telecom market, improved efficiency of the national telco and its eventual complete privatisation.

This report includes an overview and analysis of Angola’s telecom market, key statistics, profiles of major players, and scenario forecasts for the fixed-line, Internet and mobile sectors to 2010 and 2015.

Key highlights:

Market analysis 2009;
GDP per capita to fall by more than 20% as a result of the global economic crisis;
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets to 2010 and 2015;
Comparison with other countries in the region in terms of GDP, mobile, fixed and Internet market penetration;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Third fixed/wireless operator launches;
Privatisation of Movicel;
Angola Telecom forms new business units and joint ventures in preparation for privatisation;
De-monopolisation of international fibre access;
Coordinated trans-sector national fibre rollout;
Pricing comparison of all major broadband services (ADSL, cable, EV-DO, 3G mobile).Angola Telecom ADSL monthly pricing by speed - 2009
SpeedUS$/month
192Kb/s63
256Kb/s91
512Kb/s158
1Mb/s255
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Angola’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:

Key statistics;
Market and industry overviews;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Regulatory environment and structural reform;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Infrastructure development;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
Internet and broadband development;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);
Telecom market forecasts for 2015 and 2018.For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Angola, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

One of the fastest growing economies in Africa;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Telecom market forecasts for 2015 and 2018;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Mobile data services;
Average Revenue per User (ARPU).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis 2009
3.2 Regional statistical comparison
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Basic Telecommunications Law 2001
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Angola Institute of Communications (INACOM)
4.3 Universal Service Fund
4.4 Interconnection
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Angola
5. Fixed network operators in Angola
5.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 Angola Telecom
5.2.1 Privatisation
5.2.2 Fixed-line infrastructure
5.2.3 Wireless local loop
5.2.4 Fibre backbone network
5.2.5 Angosat
5.2.6 Infrasat
5.3 Mercury Telecom (MS Telcom)
5.3.1 National backbone network
5.4 Telesel/Nexus
5.5 Mundo Startel
5.6 Wezacom
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Satellite
6.2 Submarine cable networks
6.2.1 SAT-3/WASC
6.2.2 New submarine fibre projects
6.2.3 Angola Cable
7. Internet market
7.1 A difficult beginning in war times
7.2 Internet statistics
7.3 Public telecentres and cybercafes
7.4 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
7.5 Angola’s ISP market
7.5.1 Nexus
7.5.2 Angola Communication Systems (ACS)
7.5.3 MoviNet
7.5.4 Snet
7.5.5 Multitel
7.5.6 Maxnet
8. Broadband market
8.1 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.2 Wireless broadband
9. Convergence
9.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony
9.2 Broadband over Cable TV (CATV)
9.3 E-government
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Angola’s mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Major mobile operators
10.2.1 Movicel (Angola Telecom)
10.2.2 Unitel
10.3 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
10.4 Satellite mobile
11. Forecasts
11.1 Forecast fixed-line market - 2010; 2015
11.2 Forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
11.3 Forecast mobile market - 2010; 2015
11.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
12. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 - Country statistics - 2009
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2008
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2009
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2008
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - GDP per capita in Angola and other countries in the region - 2009
Table 8 - Mobile penetration in Angola and other countries in the region - March 2009
Table 9 - Internet user penetration in Angola and other countries in the region - 2008
Table 10 - Fixed-line penetration in Angola and other countries in the region - 2008
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 12 - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 13 - MoviNet EV-DO broadband pricing - 2009
Table 14 - Angola Telecom ADSL pricing - 2009
Table 15 - TV Cabo cable broadband pricing - 2009
Table 16 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 17 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
Table 18 - Unitel 3G broadband pricing - 2009
Table 19 - Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 20 - Forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 21 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015

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