Africell Angola, which launched commercial mobile network services in the capital Luanda on 7 April, has disclosed its plans for phased expansion, with teams currently working to establish its 4G network in the provinces of Benguela and Huila, while also undertaking preliminary activities in the Cabinda exclave, newspaper Mercado reports. According to Africell executive director Goncalo Faria, by July services will be ready for launch in Benguela (including the port city of Lobito) while the company expects to switch on its network in the city of Lubango, capital of Huila province, before the end of the year. A separate report from Jornal de Angola noted that the city/province of Huambo is also on the priority list for Africell’s expansion.
Regarding infrastructure, Mr Faria was cited by Mercado as saying that investments are being made ‘based on equity’, but stressed that wherever there is an option to share with other operators, investment levels for Africell will be lower, stating: ‘Africell is interested in sharing infrastructure, so that the operators that are part of the market can jointly leverage what already exists in the country.’ The executive added that Africell Angola is currently sharing infrastructure with public and private companies including the country’s second largest mobile provider Movicel, the Public Water Company (EPAL), insurance group ENSA, the National Police (PN) and others. Faria underlined that infrastructure sharing ‘guarantees quality services within the reach of the population at reduced prices.’
TeleGeography notes that recent infrastructure sharing negotiations between Africell and the Angolan mobile market leader Unitel reportedly yielded disappointing results, whilst way back in July 2020 fixed network operator Angola Telecom (AT) declared it would share its infrastructure with the new market entrant, reducing the need to build duplicate towers or fibre, but there have been no recent reports on agreements between AT and Africell.