The deadline for submission of applications to the fourth global telecommunications license in Angola has been further extended to 22 January, according to a statement published on Monday in Luanda in state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The first postponement was on 2 November, when the Angolan Communications Institute (Inacom), the entity responsible for the tender, stated the need to “provide greater flexibility” to the initial deadline, on 8 December.
In the latest statement, Inacom once again mentioned the need to “provide greater flexibility for the presentation of applications,” to ensure that the interested entities can prepare the procedures properly.
The result of the previous tender was cancelled by a decision of João Lourenço, the President of the Republic, in April, arguing that the successful company, Angola’s Telstar, had not submitted its balance sheet and financial statements for the last three years, “as required by the tender document.”
The new tender to award the fourth Unified Global License for public service communications was launched by the Angolan government in October 2019.
Angola currently has three companies that provide telecommunications services, Unitel, with a market share of 80%, Movicel, with the remaining 20% and Angola Telecom, whose position is practically zero, and a portion of 45% of the latter is earmarked for privatisation. (macauhub)