Luanda, Angola, 08 Dec – UNITEL, the Angolan private mobile phone operator, which is part-owned by Portugal Telecom, has reached a total number of 1 million customers, the company said in Luanda Thursday.
Set up in 1998, UNITEL, which now has two thirds of mobile phone users in Angola, began operating in April 2001.
The Angolan mobile phone market currently has around 1.4 million users, divided between UNITEL, the market leader, and state operator MOVICEL, which is 99 percent controlled by Angola Telecom. In 2001 there were just 75,000 mobile phone users in the country.
The Angolan Council of Ministers is expected to debate a proposal to launch a public tender to grant a third mobile phone license within the next few weeks.
Portugal Telecom has a 25 percent stake in UNITEL and the remaining capital is split between Angolan groups Mercury and Geni and British company Vidatel.
Angola has a population of 11 million people, three million of whom live in the capital, Luanda. (macauhub)