Angola launches a new public tender for fourth mobile phone license

23 April 2019

The Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of Angola has a deadline of 30 days to launch a new international public tender to grant the country’s fourth mobile phone license, according to a decision of the President of the Republic.

The decision made by João Lourenço, which cancelled a previous one by minister José Carvalho da Rocha which awarded the fourth license to Angolan company Telstar, was due to the fact that the winning company had not presented its balance sheet and results for the last three years, as required in the specifications.”

Telstar was founded on 26 January 2018 with a capital stock of 200,000 kwanzas (US$625). Its shareholders are General Manuel João Carneiro (90%) and businessman António Cardoso Mateus (10%).

The Angolan press reported that South African group MTN, the largest mobile phone operator in Africa, had dropped out on the grounds that the international public tender was “flawed from the outset.”

The national director of Telecommunications, Pedro Mendes de Carvalho, announcing last week the winner of the tender for a new Unified Global Title, said that 27 companies, of which 18 were from Angolan and nine were foreign, had expressed interest, six had acquired the tender documents, three applied and only two were invited to submit technical and financial proposals.

Angola currently has three companies providing telecommunications services, Unitel, with a market share of 80%, Movicel with the remaining 20% and Angola Telecom, with practically no share, and of which 45% is due to be privatised. (Macauhub)