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Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Angola's telecom sector prepares for new universal licence players

Angola's telecom sector has showed consistent recovery following the end of a decades-long civil war in 2002. Political stability has encouraged foreign investment while the government and regulator have started the process of opening up the telecom sector to new competitors. The mobile market remains as a duopoly between Unitel and Movicel, in which Angola Telecom has a share, while Angola Telecom is also looking to enter the mobile market in its own right later in 2018. There has been particularly good progress in LTE network development. A new unified licensing regime introduced in mid-2017 has allowed for two additional licensees to operator across all sectors. Angola Telecom is also in the process of being part-privatised, with the government aiming to sell a 55% interest in the company.

The government has aimed to develop telecom infrastructure in a bid to diversify the country's economy and lessen its dependence on offshore crude oil production, which accounts for almost all exports and up to 80% of tax revenue. By extending and upgrading telecom networks the government expects businesses to become more efficient and for e-commerce to become a more prominent feature of economic growth. In addition, networks will facilitate rural access to education and health care. However, there is much progress to be made if the country is to improve the business climate and attract investors.

Competition has been 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 and Mercury Telecom. After three years of loss-making operations, Telecom Namibia pulled out of its investment in fixed-wireless operator Mundo Startel, citing regulatory obstacles. The market is expected to undergo considerable change later into 2018 as two additional universal licensees begin to offer competition across all sectors.

Angola Telecom continues to be restructured as part of steps towards greater liberalisation of the telecom market. The company, which retained a stake in its mobile unit Movicel when it was sold to private investors, aims to enter the mobile market in its own right, with a focus on developing LTE services.

Key developments:

Government makes progress on Angola Telecom restructure plans, aims to retain a 45% stake;

Angosat-1 launched to provide TV and telecoms services;

Fourth multi-service licence to be offered in 2018;

Regulator cracks down on informal SIM card sales;

Regulator auctions 800MHz spectrum;

TV Cabo rebrands fibre service as Viv, secures 20 million loan from the EIB to expand broadband networks;

Unitel trials 450Mb/s LTE-A technology and VoLTE services;

Angola Cables progressing with South Atlantic Cable System linking Luanda with Brazil;

National Centre for Information Technology (NITC) launches Angola Online Wi-Fi project;

Multitel migrates network from WiMAX to TD-LTE;

Report updates include recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Angola Telecom; Movicel/MoviNet; Unitel; Mercury Telecom (MS Telecom); Telesel; Nexus; Mundo Startel (Telecom Namibia); Wezacom; Main One; Angola Cable; Angola Communication Systems (ACS); Snet; Multitel; Maxnet; Net One, Internet Technologies Group (ITG); TV Cabo (Visabeira); Portugal Telecom; Angola Cables.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Basic Telecommunications Law 2001
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Universal Service Fund
5.4 Universal licences
5.5 Interconnection
5.6 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.7 Privatisation
5.8 Foreign ownership
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Angola Telecom
6.1.1 Company restructure
6.2 Mercury Telecom (MS Telcom)
6.2.1 National backbone network
6.3 Telesel/Nexus
6.4 Mundo Startel
6.5 Wezacom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Satellite
7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
8.5 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
8.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.6.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.6.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6.3 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-government
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General Statistics
10.2.2 Mobile broadband
10.2.3 Regulatory issues
10.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
10.4.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE/4G)
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.1 Movicel (Angola Telecom)
10.5.2 Unitel
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Angola 2017 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2018
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Fixed line broadband subscribers 2017 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market revenue in Angola 2011 - 2016
Table 9 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola - 2000-2009
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola 2010 - 2018
Table 11 International bandwidth 2000 - 2016
Table 12 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Angola 1999 - 2009
Table 13 Internet users and penetration rate in Angola 2010 - 2022
Table 14 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Angola 2006 - 2018
Table 15 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers in Angola 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 16 DSL broadband subscribers in Angola 2011 - 2017
Table 17 Fibre broadband subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 18 Satellite broadband subscribers in Angola 2011 - 2018
Table 19 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Angola 1999 - 2009
Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Angola 2010 - 2018
Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009- 2017
Table 22 Forecast mobile subscribers in Angola 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 23 Movicel mobile subscribers 2014 - 2017
Table 24 Unitel mobile subscribers 2014 - 2017
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola 2000 2018
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Angola 2005 2022
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers in Angola 2005 - 2018
Chart 4 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009- 2017

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