Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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 remained a duopoly between Unitel and Movicel for many years: although Angola Telecom had a share in the market it did not launch LTE services until mid-2018, while service expansion has been timed with plans to privatise the operator. Nevertheless, there has been slow progress in LTE network development, with only a small proportion of the country covered by network infrastructure. Much of the investment from telcos is still geared to 3G, given that the majority of data users remain on this platform.

A new unified licensing regime introduced in late 2017 has allowed for two additional licensees to operators across all sectors. One of these licenses was awarded in July 2020, to Africell.

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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Africell secures fourth mobile operating licence;

Government ITC and Communications ministries merge to form the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Media;

SACS landing station in Florida completed;

AngoSat-2 satellite expected to be ready in 2021;

INFOSI aiming to connect an additional 160,000 people to free Wi-Fi;

Regulator again cracks down on informal SIM card sales;

Report updates include the regulators market data for 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, 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.

1 Key statistics
1.1 TMI vs GDP
1.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
1.3 Fixed and mobile broadband
2 Country overview
3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Basic Telecommunications Law 2001
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Fixed-line developments
5.4 Mobile network developments
6 Mobile market
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators
7 Mobile content and applications
7.1 m-payments
8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9 Digital economy
9.1 E-government
10 Fixed network operators
10.1 Angola Telecom
10.2 Mercury Telecom (MS Telcom)
10.3 Telesel/Nexus
10.4 Mundo Startel
10.5 Wezacom
11 Telecommunications infrastructure
11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure
12 Appendix Historic data
13 Glossary of abbreviations
14 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Angola 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2016 2019
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010- 2025
Table 5 Movicel mobile subscribers 2014 2019
Table 6 Unitel mobile subscribers 2014 2019
Table 7 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2014 2019
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 Growth in the number of DSL broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 10 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2012 2020
Table 11 Satellite broadband subscribers in Angola 2011 2020
Table 12 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 13 Historic Telecom market revenue in Angola 2011 2014
Table 14 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola - 2000-2009
Table 15 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Angola 1999 2009
Table 16 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Angola 1999 2009
Table 17 Historic International bandwidth 2000 2016
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010- 2025
Chart 9 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

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