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African countries are turning to space technology to accelerate the penetration of telecom services, as the digital transformation continues on the continent. Angola had already launched a first telecom satellite in 2017, but it got lost in space. AngoSat-2, Angola’s second communications satellite, is now ready for use after successfully undergoing a series of tests. This was...

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Angolan government proposals to privatise mobile market leader Unitel will not take shape until at least end-2023, reports newspaper Valor Economico quoting Patricio Bicudo Vilar, the chairman of the board of directors of Angola’s State Assets & Participations Management Institute (Instituto de Gestao de Activos e Participacoes do Estado, IGAPE). The executive added that it has...

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ICT digital solutions and network services provider Angola Cables has established the Telcables entity to provide connectivity and digital solutions in Nigeria and West Africa. According to Angola Cables, the Telcables team will work with local network service providers, metro networks and operators to develop and deploy localised ICT solutions powered by the Angola Cables’...

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Paratus Group has announced a multi-year agreement with global telecommunications provider, OneWeb, to build a gateway in Luanda, Angola, which will be operational in the second half of 2023. According to the companies, the gateway – the first of several planned for Africa – will provide low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite services to several countries...

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Angola’s President Joao Lourenco has issued a decision finalising the transfer of ownership stakes in mobile market leader Unitel from private companies Vidatel and Geni to the State. The nationalisation of the two shareholdings – representing 25% equity each – effectively raises the Angolan State’s Unitel ownership to 100%, as TeleGeography notes that Brazilian telco Oi completed...

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Angola Cables operates a strong submarine cable infrastructure and a highly interconnected IP network through its SACS, Monet and WACS submarine cable systems directly connecting America, Africa and Europe. The company has also established partnerships to expand its footprint into Asia. The fiber optic infrastructure manager Angola Cables has entrusted the optical network solutions provider Infinera...

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Angola launched its AngoSat-2 communications satellite yesterday (12 October) aboard the Proton-M Blok DM-03 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, reports Africanews.space. The high-throughput satellite (HTS) is based on the Eurostar-3000 platform with a design lifespan of 15 years, enabling near-complete Ku-Band coverage of southern Africa plus C-Band coverage of the entire African continent and...

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A new ISP named NET-G is launching this week in Angola, backed by the local Galec group in partnership with Netherlands-based multinational Sun Evo Holding, Lusa reports. The partners reportedly intend to invest USD106 million in the ISP project, involving an initial launch in parts of Luanda – expected to cover 50% of the main urban areas of the capital...