Angola’s Unitel International Holding expected to be new telecommunications operator in Sao Tome and Principe

12 March 2013

Unitel International Holding was the only company that met the technical and financial requirements included in the tender document to be granted a fixed-line and mobile telecommunications license in Sao Tome and Principe, according to a Sao Tome official.

As part of the tender launched by the Sao Tome and Principe General Regulatory Authority, the tender document was picked up by seven potential investors, the names of which have yet to be released.

The proposals were analysed by technicians from the General Regulatory Authority and the Finance Ministry, the Infrastructure and Public Works Ministry assisted by specialists from the World Bank.

Granting a license to the proposal put forward by the group owned by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos will bring an end to the monopoly of Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicações (CST), which is part-owned by Portugal Telecom, and which has been operating on the archipelago for several years.

The tender document did not include cable television, which will have to wait for a new law to come into force that widens the jurisdiction of the regulatory authority. (macauhub)