Angola: China’s ZTE takes on operational management of Movicel

30 October 2008

Luanda, Angola, 30 Oct – China’s ZTE Corp, recently chosen as a strategic partner of the Angolan government, is due Thursday to take on the management of mobile phone carrier Movicel, according to Angolan news agency Angpop.

The date was set in the operational management contract signed, a month ago, with ZTE Internacional Angola.

Before ZTE, operational management of the state company was carried out by Israel company Communico, part of the LR group.

The change in management is the start of a partial privatisation process (80 percent) of the mobile operators, under the terms of an executive decree.

Movicel, which has been in the Angolan market since 2003, was the first company to offer the advantages and benefits of mobile telephony in the East African country.

The company began by providing mobile telecoms services and management of the 91 network, as a subsidiary of Angola Telecom. (macauhub)