Angola’s largest mobile phone company Unitel announced in September that it has entered a US$1.9bn contract with the government’s investment agency (ANIP) to expand Angola’s fibre-optic and 4G networks across the country, over the next ten years. It is estimated that the development will generate 850 direct and 11,000 indirect jobs.
Unitel, which is 25 per cent owned by the President’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has expanded rapidly in recent years to dominate the market. Since 2012 4G services have been limited to Cabinda, installed by mobile phone company Movicel in 2012, primarily to serve the oil industry.
The roll out of improved communication technology is expected to have a positive impact on the economy in the long term, encouraging foreign investment.
Source: Angola Monitor Issue 4/14
The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).
This issue covers:
Political News: State of the Nation; Census figures announced; Local government elections delayed; Falling oil prices reduce public spending; Angola elected to UN Security Council; Luanda gets new governor.
Economic News: Angola set to become largest oil producer in sub Saharan Africa; US regulator may bring charges over alleged oil corruption; Government reduces fuel subsidies; Major telecommunication upgrade announced; National airline TAAG enters partnership with Emirates; Government bond rating upgraded.
Human Rights News: Amnesty International accuse government of demonstration ban; Final refugees returning to Angola; NGOs call on SADC to address human rights violations; Government claims it respects free speech and the right to protest.
Aid and Development News: Redevelopment of Angola’s largest railway complete; European Union invests 20 million Euros in landmine clearing; Drought response receives support from Japan.
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