The Angolan government, via the Angolan Institute for Communications (Inacom), has extended to January 22, 2020 the deadline for the expression of applications for the country’s fourth telecoms license. This is the second postponement since the launch of the operation in October 2019. The initial deadline which was set for November 2, 2019 was first postponed to December 8, 2019.
The reason given to justify this new deadline, Inacom has once again indicated that it stems from a need to “provide greater flexibility for the presentation of applications”, in order to ensure that interested entities can prepare procedures correctly.
The Ministry of Finance had explained that the selection of the new mobile operator would be done in two phases. One of prequalification and one of qualification. This new deadline extension concerns the prequalification phase. For the qualification phase, it had been said by the Minister of Finance that only companies which have satisfied the market requirements, after examination by the evaluation committee, could submit their technical and financial proposals within 60 days.
The current call for tenders for Angola’s 4th telecom license is also the second launched by the government. The first, which resulted in the granting of the license to Telstar in April 2019, was canceled by the President of the Republic. João Lourenço had justified his decision by a lack of transparency during the process.