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Angola's Telecoms, Mobile & Broadband Markets 2019-2023 - Competition has been Introduced in the Underdeveloped Fixed-Line Market - ResearchAndMarkets.com


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There has been slow progress in LTE network development, with only about 12% of the country covered by network infrastructure by early 2019. A new unified licensing regime introduced in late 2017 has allowed for two additional licensees to operate across all sectors. One of these licenses is expected to be awarded in early 2019, after some delay. Angola Telecom is also in the process of being part-privatised, with the government aiming to sell a 45% 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 into 2019 following the expected launch of services from the fourth Unified Global licensee and the improved competition offered across all sectors.

EV-DO and WiMAX-based fixed-wireless as well as 3G and 4G (LTE) mobile broadband services are now also providing more internet access choices for consumers, competing with Angola Telecom's DSL, cable modem and Fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) services.

Access pricing has fallen with the landing of WACS, the second international fibre optic submarine cable in the country. This followed years of monopolisation by Angola Telecom of the SAT-3/WASC cable, the only international cable serving the country until 2012.

Angola Telecom is going through a restructuring process with the help of international consultants, which is seen as a step towards greater liberalisation of the country's telecom market, improved efficiency of the national telco and its eventual privatisation.

A majority stake in its mobile unit, Movicel has already been sold to private investors and a migration from CDMA to GSM/UMTS/LTE technology has delivered a boost to the mobile market in the past two years. Angola Telecom has national and international fibre, copper and satellite infrastructure assets worth billions of dollars.

As part of the restructuring program, the government injected more than $300 million into the company in 2012 alone. Angola is preparing to launch its first own communications satellite into orbit in early 2017.

Companies Mentioned

  • 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

Topics Covered

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical overview

3.2 Market analysis

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Basic Telecommunications Law 2001

4.2 Regulatory authority

4.3 Universal Service Fund

4.4 Universal licences

4.5 Interconnection

4.6 Telecom sector liberalisation

4.7 Privatisation

4.8 Foreign ownership

5 Fixed network operators

5.1 Angola Telecom

5.2 Mercury Telecom (MS Telcom)

5.3 Telesel/Nexus

5.4 Mundo Startel

5.5 Wezacom

6 Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

7 Fixed-line broadband market

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview

7.2 Market analysis

7.3 Broadband statistics

7.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

7.5 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)

7.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 Digital economy

8.1 E-government

9 Mobile market

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9.4 Mobile infrastructure

9.5 Major mobile operators

10 Mobile content and applications

10.1 m-payments

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Source: Business Wire (June 18, 2019 - 6:59 AM EDT)

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