Angola’s portfolio of telecommunications and IT projects estimated to be worth US$800 million

6 September 2011

Luanda, Angola, 6 Sept – Angola’s portfolio of Telecommunication and Information Technology sector projects, due to be carried out by 2012, is expected to cost US$800 million, the Telecommunications minister, José Carvalho da Rocha said Sunday in Luanda.

Speaking Sunday on an Angolan state television (TPA) programme, Rocha said that the ministry was developing projects such as the fibre optic undersea cable, the Satellite Telecommunications system (Infrasat) and AngoSat.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the Telecommunications and Information Technology minister said that by the end of the first half of 2012 some projects would be finished such as laying the fibre optic cable, which will improve communication, voice and data services outside the country.

In terms of the satellite telecommunications system (Infrasat), which will make it possible to provide quality data, voice and image services, as well as broadband Internet, new television and radio stations, as well as providing the possibility of expanding mobile telephone coverage, the minister said some 600 stations had already been installed around the country.

In relation to the AngoSat project, he restated that the satellite would be put into orbit in 2012 and that Angolan staff would be involved in its management and maintenance.

The AngoSat project is worth US$327 million and has an estimated production time of 39 months, includes the supply of technical requirements, and training of Angolan staff in space technology to manage the satellite.

AngoSat will have a lifespan of 15 years and will support Angola’s telecommunications and digital terrestrial television infrastructures across the country. (macauhub)