List of 5G, 4G mobile network operators of Angola

In Angola there are mainly two mobile network operators namely Unitel and Movicel and are regulated by Instituto Angolano das Comunicações (INACOM).

According to Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Manuel Oliveira, there is nothing more normal than having Huawei for the expansion of telecommunications networks in Angola and for the future implementation of 5G technology. Zhang Yayun, responsible for Huawei's communication in Angola, said the company could start the process of implementing 5G in Angola next year i.e 2020.

The country started to receive high-speed 4G services in 2012, which put them ahead of the clear majority of Europe and many parts of North America at the time, with $100 million being put into the project.

Amilcar Safeca, deputy director-general at Angolan mobile operator Unitel, told Jornal de Angola this week that the company plans to expand its network coverage to all of the country’s 542 communes (administrative divisions) ‘in the next two to three years’. The executive indicated that only ‘42%’ (around 230 communes) currently receive services from Unitel, which launched its GSM network in 2001 in capital Luanda before expanding to all 18 provincial capitals and all 165 municipalities by end-2011.

State-owned Angola Telecom (AT) – which is undergoing an asset valuation process ahead of the planned sell-off of a 45% ownership stake – has revealed it aims to invest AOA4 billion (USD12.6 million) to roll out 4G LTE technology in five provinces before the sale tender later this year, Expansao reported, quoting a member of AT’s management committee, Bartolomeu Pereira, who was speaking at a press conference. The pilot provinces chosen are Luanda, Cabinda, Benguela, Huila and Huambo.

Rank

Operator

Technology

Ownership

1

Unitel

GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)

2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA

2100 MHz LTE

Mercury (Sonangol group) (25%), Group GENI(25%),

Vidatel (25%), Portugal Telecom (25%)

2

Movicel

GSM (GPRS, EDGE)

900 MHz UMTS, HSDPA

1800 MHz LTE

Government (Angola Telecom (18%), Correios Telegrafos de Angola (2%)),

Porturil (40%), Modus Comicare (19%), Ipang(10%), Lambda (6%)

UNITEL

Unitel S.A. is a private Angolan mobile phone company which was established on 8 March 2001 as a joint-stock company. The company is owned by Oi and Helios (through Africatel), Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol and local firms like Geni holding (through Mercury), and Vidatel owned by Isabel dos Santos, each holding 25% of Unitel. Tony Dolton is the Executive Director of Unitel since September 2013.

MOVICEL

Movicel is the smaller of the two Angolan mobile phone companies. Its official name is Movicel Telecomunicações S.A.. Movicel was originally created in 2003 as a subsidiary of the state owned Angola Telecom. In 2010, 80% of the company's capital was sold to various private companies: Portmil - Investimentos e Telecomunicações, S.A., Modus Comunicar, S.A., Ipangue, S.A., Lambda Investement and Novatel Wireless. The remaining 20% remain in the hands of the state owned (empresa publica) companies Angola Telecom and ENCTA. The seat of the company is the capital city Luanda. Movicel sells its services via a network of shops; recharging cards for pre-paid contracts are also sold by individual street sellers.

Movicel claims to have more than 3 million customers out of a population of estimated 18 to 20 million people in Angola