Angola counted 303,000 fixed telephone lines at end 2009

22 February 2010

Luanda, Angola, 22 Feb – Angola had nearly 303,000 fixed telephone lines at the end of 2009, indicate data from the National Communications Institute (Inacom) cited by the Angolan news agency Angop.

The year 2009 saw an increase of 85,000 lines over the figure of 217,000 lines in 2008, according to Inacom figures.

Regarding the mobile telephone network, at least 50 percent of Angola’s estimated 16 million inhabitants had a mobile telephone by 2009.

Inacom revealed that 8 million inhabitants had access to mobile telephony in 2009, well above the figure of 6 million in 2008.

Of the country’s 18 provinces, Luanda counts the most users of fixed and mobile telephony.

Five companies operate in the fixed network: Mundo Startel, MSTelecom, Nexus, Wezacom and Angola Telecom, a public company which controls the country’s basic telecommunications network.

The fixed network operators (except Angola Telecom, which counts at least 200,000 customers throughout the country) have only been active in the Angolan market for a short time and provide voice, SMS and internet services, among others. (macauhub)