Unitel-STP launches telecommunications services in Sao Tome

30 July 2014

Unitel-STP, a subsidiary of Angolan mobile phone operator Unitel, Tuesday launched its commercial telecommunications services in Sao Tome and Principe the company’s Managing Director, Manuel Lemos said.

The announcement was made at a ceremony to inaugurate the Unitel-STP centre on the outskirts of the capital of Sao Tome, which was attended by the Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Gabriel Costa.

Unitel-STP is a subsidiary of Unitel International Holding, owned by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, which in March of last year was granted the second license to operate a mobile phone network in Sao Tome and Principe after paying a contract fee of US$7.5 billion.

Unitel’s operations in Angola are the result of the liberalisation of telecommunications services on the archipelago two years ago. Before liberalisation Portugal Telecom, via Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicações, CST, had a monopoly on telecommunications in Sao Tome and Principe.

After Sonangol, which has a monopoly on fuel sales in Sao Tome and Principe, Isabel dos Santos’ Unitel is the second Angolan investment in the West African archipelago.(macauhub/ST)