Africell secures mobile operator license in Angola

The Angolan government has granted Lebanese owned Africell the mobile operator license in the country.

Africell is already operating in four African countries Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Angola’s mobile phone market, with almost 14 million users, is currently controlled by two privately held companies — Unitel and Movicel. A third operator, Angola Telecom, provides fixed and internet access but no mobile services.

Angola had initially granted the license to Telstar, an Angolan start up in late 2019. But the country’s government cancelled the license award on the grounds that Telstar was enabled to meet the minimum requirements settled in the bidding process.

The revised bidding process began in September 2019 and was completed in January 2020. Africell was in competition with South Africa’s MTN Group and Angola’s BAI Investimentos to seize the license.