06 Nov Angola begins licensing new fixed line, internet operators; Angosat-1 launching in December
Angola has begun licensing new operators to provide fixed line and internet access services, announced the chairman of Angolan Institute of Communications (INACOM), Leonel Augusto, as reported by Angola24horas citing the Lusa news agency. According to Augusto, the regulator has received ‘many’ proposals from prospective new fixed/internet operators under a converged licensing regime, although the process is ongoing, he indicated. TeleGeography notes that existing and new telecoms companies in Angola may apply for converged operating licences under the reformed Electronic Communications framework approved in August 2016, whilst existing fixed broadband providers include Angola Telecom and its part-owned subsidiary Multitel, MS Telcom (including subsidiary Net One), TV Cabo, Mundo Startel and Internet Technologies Angola (Paratus).
Separately, Angola’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, recently confirmed that Angosat-1, the first Angolan satellite, will be launched in December, supporting telecommunications, television, internet and e-government services for up to 18 years.