Angola’s fixed line telephone network continues to be developed

18 November 2010

Luanda, Angola, 18 Nov – Angola’s fixed line telephone network, which is the responsibility of Angola Telecom, will continue to be developed across the country, the minister for Telecommunications and Information Technologies said Wednesday in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, José Carvalho da Rocha said that mobile telephone operators did not put the existence of a fixed line network at risk, but rather would complement telecommunications services and increase the options that the population has.

The minister said that the market was becoming increasingly integrated, with the convergence of services and technologies which naturally required new services to emerge, also implying new regulations to accompany the sector’s development process.

In this context, Carvalho da Rocha said the Ministry for Telecommunications and Information Technologies was currently dealing with the sector’s legislation, which would give greater weight to the Angolan Telecommunications Institute (Inacom), which would have a fundamental role in the country’s entire communications system.

“The reform is being carried out based on what we can see in the market today. It is an increasingly integrated market, where we are witnessing the convergence of services, of technologies and, naturally that requires new services to emerge. Therefore we have to adapt our legislation to all of that,” he noted.

The new services, he added, require new regulations and that was why legislation was being adapted to the country’s reality, although Inacom would continue to be responsible for, “the task of regulating the market and being the first point of contact with operators and users.” (macauhub)