Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Angola’s telecom sector prepares for new universal licence players

Angola’s telecom sector has showed consistent recovery following the end of a decades-long civil war in 2002. Political stability has encouraged foreign investment while the government and regulator have started the process of opening up the telecom sector to new competitors. The mobile market remains as a duopoly between Unitel and Movicel, in which Angola Telecom has a share, while Angola Telecom is also looking to enter the mobile market in its own right later in 2018. There has been particularly good progress in LTE network development. A new unified licensing regime introduced in mid-2017 has allowed for two additional licensees to operator across all sectors. Angola Telecom is also in the process of being part-privatised, with the government aiming to sell a 55% interest in the company.

The government has aimed to develop telecom infrastructure in a bid to diversify the country’s economy and lessen its dependence on offshore crude oil production, which accounts for almost all exports and up to 80% of tax revenue. By extending and upgrading telecom networks the government expects businesses to become more efficient and for e-commerce to become a more prominent feature of economic growth. In addition, networks will facilitate rural access to education and health care. However, there is much progress to be made if the country is to improve the business climate and attract investors.

Competition has been introduced in the underdeveloped fixed-line market, but launch delays and consolidation among the newly licensed players have led to a duopoly in this sector as well between Angola Telecom and Mercury Telecom. After three years of loss-making operations, Telecom Namibia pulled out of its investment in fixed-wireless operator Mundo Startel, citing regulatory obstacles. The market is expected to undergo considerable change later into 2018 as two additional universal licensees begin to offer competition across all sectors.

Angola Telecom continues to be restructured as part of steps towards greater liberalisation of the telecom market. The company, which retained a stake in its mobile unit Movicel when it was sold to private investors, aims to enter the mobile market in its own right, with a focus on developing LTE services.

Key developments:

  • Government makes progress on Angola Telecom restructure plans, aims to retain a 45% stake;
  • Angosat-1 launched to provide TV and telecoms services;
  • Fourth multi-service licence to be offered in 2018;
  • Regulator cracks down on informal SIM card sales;
  • Regulator auctions 800MHz spectrum;
  • TV Cabo rebrands fibre service as Viv, secures €20 million loan from the EIB to expand broadband networks;
  • Unitel trials 450Mb/s LTE-A technology and VoLTE services;
  • Angola Cables progressing with South Atlantic Cable System linking Luanda with Brazil;
  • National Centre for Information Technology (NITC) launches Angola Online Wi-Fi project;
  • Multitel migrates network from WiMAX to TD-LTE;
  • Report updates include recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Angola Telecom; Movicel/MoviNet; Unitel; Mercury Telecom (MS Telecom); Telesel; Nexus; Mundo Startel (Telecom Namibia); Wezacom; Main One; Angola Cable; Angola Communication Systems (ACS); Snet; Multitel; Maxnet; Net One, Internet Technologies Group (ITG); TV Cabo (Visabeira); Portugal Telecom; Angola Cables.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Basic Telecommunications Law 2001
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Universal Service Fund
    • 5.4 Universal licences
    • 5.5 Interconnection
    • 5.6 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.7 Privatisation
    • 5.8 Foreign ownership
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Angola Telecom
      • 6.1.1 Company restructure
    • 6.2 Mercury Telecom (MS Telcom)
      • 6.2.1 National backbone network
    • 6.3 Telesel/Nexus
    • 6.4 Mundo Startel
    • 6.5 Wezacom
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Satellite
      • 7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Market analysis
    • 8.3 Broadband statistics
    • 8.4 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 8.5 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
    • 8.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.6.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.6.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.6.3 Other fixed broadband services
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 E-government
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 General Statistics
      • 10.2.2 Mobile broadband
      • 10.2.3 Regulatory issues
    • 10.3 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 10.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.4.1 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
      • 10.4.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE/4G)
    • 10.5 Major mobile operators
      • 10.5.1 Movicel (Angola Telecom)
      • 10.5.2 Unitel
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Angola – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2018
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Fixed line broadband subscribers – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 8 – Telecom market revenue in Angola – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 9 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola - 2000-2009
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 11 – International bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Angola – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 13 – Internet users and penetration rate in Angola – 2010 - 2022
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Angola – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers in Angola – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 16 – DSL broadband subscribers in Angola – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Fibre broadband subscribers– 2012 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Satellite broadband subscribers in Angola – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Angola – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 20 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Angola – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009- 2017
  • Table 22 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Angola – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 23 – Movicel mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Unitel mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Angola – 2005 – 2022
  • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers in Angola – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 4 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009- 2017

Related Reports

Purchase this Report

US$750.00

Licence Information

Share this Report

Purchase with Confidence

Could I thank you for making a contribution to this on so many occasions and declare my association with you as a Central Coast resident. I want to say how proud we are of you and how much your expertise has informed us.

Senator Deborah O’Neill, at the Select Senate Committee on the NBN – March 2014

Special Offers

Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$575.00 until 24 Jan 2018
(normal price US$1,150.00)

Slovenia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$575.00 until 24 Jan 2018
(normal price US$1,150.00)

Sample Reports

A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.


Download a Sample Report

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Custom Research Service?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to Paul's FREE weekly News & Views.