South Africa’s Vodacom eyes third mobile license in Angola

13 January 2006

Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 Jan – South African mobile telephony company Vodacom is interested in competing for the third mobile telecommunications license to be granted in Angola, a company spokesperson said in South Africa Thursday.

Citing government sources US financial news agency Bloomberg said that Angola is considering granting a license to a third operator.

The Vodacom spokesperson said that the company would consider investment opportunities in Angola and that it would keep its eye on developments in this area.

According to official estimates, Angola has a population of 14.5 million people, 96,300 fixed-line telephones, 740,000 mobile phone customers and 41,000 Internet users.

Vodacom, which operates in Lesotho, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the, has a 21-million-strong client base and is expected to grow further this year following a change in its shareholder structure.

British mobile operator Vodafone was authorized to acquire 15 percent of Vodacom and increase its stake to 50 percent. State operator Telkom holds the remainder of the mobile carrier.

Vodafone also controls 40 percent of Safaricom, the largest mobile operator in Kenya, and two thirds of Vodafone Egypt. (macauhub)