The interdepartmental working group – composed of the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology and that of Economy and Planning – invited the telecoms company Africell Holdings SAL to present its technical and financial offer for the 4 th mobile license of Angola. The invitation received by the Lebanese telecoms group reflects its successful passage from the qualification phase instituted by the Angolan government to sort through the many expressions of interest received.
According to the interdepartmental working group, of all the telecom operators who have expressed an interest in the 4 th telecom license of Angola – Bharti Airtel, Maroc Telecom, MTN, Telkom South Africa, BAI Investimentos, Orange and Vodafone – and who have d have been invited to participate in the promotion and tender presentation sessions in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Johannesburg and Pretoria (South Africa) and Luanda (Angola), only Africell went all the way of his interest by formalizing his candidacy. MTN Group and BAI Investimentos, who seemed very interested, however, did not go any further.
Present in four telecoms markets in Africa: Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda, Africell sees Angola as a market where it can make a difference for consumers. According to Ziad Dalloul, the founder and president and chief executive officer of Africell, Angola is a high-potential market which fits in with the telecom company’s expansion ambitions.