New mobile phone subscribers in Angola grow by an average of 3,000 per day

23 October 2013

The number of new subscribers to mobile phone services in Angola rose by 3,000 people a day on average in the first half of the year, consulting company Telegeography said.

“If this trend continues, at the end of the year there will be another 600,000 customers of mobile telephone services,” the company said, cited by Angolan news agency Lusa.

Telegeography’s figures show that the number of mobile phone users in Angola rose by 4 percent in the first half, following the trend across Africa, which at the end of 2012 had a total of 650 million mobile phone subscribers.

Angola, which has two mobile operators (Movicel and Unitel), almost tripled the number of active SIM card holders (penetration rate), rising from 5.2 million in 2007, or a penetration rate of 29.7 percent, to 14.2 million at he end of 2012, which is a rate of 70 percent, and one of the highest rates in Africa.

In Guinea Bissau the number of active mobile phone cards more than tripled in a five-year period, rising from 332,000 in 2007 to 1.1 million at the end of 2012.

According to US consultancy Telegeography, last June there were 1.3 million active phone cards in Guinea Bissau, which is a penetration rate of 73.6 percent and South African company MTN has over 50 percent of a market shared by three operators. (macauhub)