Angolan mobile phone operator Unitel starts operating in Sao Tome and Principe

21 May 2014

Unitel-STP, a subsidiary of Angolan mobile phone operator Unitel is due on 23 May to start operating in Sao Tome and Principe, the Sao Tome minister for Telecommunications, Fernando Maquengo, said Tuesday.

In a statement sent to Macauhub in Sao Tome and Principe on Tuesday, the company said that the official inauguration would be held at a switching centre in Bairro Militar, on the outskirts of the city of Sao Tome. During the launch event the President of Sao Tome, Manuel Pinto da Costa, will make the first international call and after that the service will be open to the public.

Unitel-STP is a subsidiary of Unitel Internacional Holding, owned by Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos, which in March of this year was granted the second license to operate  mobile  network in Sao Tome and Principe for which it paid US$7.5 million.

Ahead of the launch of its services in Sao Tome, Unitel-STP trained 40 people, including some Sao Tome engineers.

Establishing Unitel in Sao Tome is the result of liberalisation, two years ago, of telecommunications services on the archipelago, which until that point were provided by a monopoly of Portugal Telecom, via Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicações, CST.

Unitel’s investment in the archipelago is the second Angolan investment there after Sonangol, which has a monopoly on fuel sales in Sao Tome and Principe. (macauhub/AO/ST)