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All commercial telecommunications in country are provided mainly by 3 companies which have almost full national coverage being; UNITEL a private mobile phone company which has larger coverage in country; Movicel mobile company subsidiary of Angola Telecom and Angola Telecom state company with a monopoly for provision of all landline phone network in the country. There are no restrictions to obtain sim cards or mobile numbers

For more information on telecoms contacts, please see the following link: 4.2 Angola Additional Services Contact Lists

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

Yes

Does it allow international calls?

Yes

Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)

 N/A

Mobile Phone Providers

Movicel &

Unitel

Approximate Percentage of National Coverage

 Said to be national at (90%)

Telecommunication Regulation

There are strict regulations in place for import and to get licenses which can only be obtained through INACOM

Due to updates which may occur in the legislation or INACOM procedures is suggested to contact  ITC team of UNICEF or ITC team of UNDP currently the focal points for all UN organizations in Angola.

Regulations on Usage and Import

 

Regulations in Place?

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

Inacom

HF Radio

 Yes

 Inacom

UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile

 Yes

 Inacom

UHF/VHF Repeaters

 Yes

 Inacom

GPS

 Yes

 Inacom

VSAT

 Yes

 Inacom

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

Yes, via Inacom consult INACOM

Frequency Licenses Required

Yes, via Inacom INACOM

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Yes, there are a Humanitarian system for internal communication through radios UHF/HF actually managed by ITC team of UNICEF.  The system is complemented by use of  VSAT owned by UN agencies listed below as well as through contracts with private Satellite operators.

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

 

UNDP

WFP

UNICEF

WHO

UNHCR

VSAT

 YES

 NO

 YES

 YES

 YES

UHF Frequencies

CHL

AGENCIES

Rx Freq  (Mhr)

Tx Freq  (Mhr)

TPL

1

UNICEF

     459.35

     469.35

     110.9

2

UNDP

     457.35

     467.35

     118.8

3

WFP

     455.825

     465.825

     131.8

4

NGO

     454.2

     464.2

     141.3

5

SIMPLEX

     462.75

    

     103.5

6

 

     455.8375

     465.8375

     031

7

WB

     450.25

     460.25

     141.3

8

UNDSS

     458.2375

     468.2375

     118.8

9

 

     450.275

     460.275

     151.4

HF Frequencies

1

UNDP

     7,728.4

2

UNICEF

     8,009.4

3

SECURITY 1

   10,149.4

4

SECURITY 2

     7,487

5

SECURITY 3

     9,259.4

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

The Humanitarian network with their own VSAT arrangement plus state owned (e.g. Movicel) and privates (e.g. UNITEL) are the main important service providers for the UN agencies.

For satellite services there is private companies such as Multitel, ITA (currently being used by UNDP) and MS Telecom have been reported to be the most reliable.

Are there ISPs available?

 Yes

If yes, are they privately or government owned?

 Humanitarian/Private & Governmentt

Dial-up only?

 No

Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $)

Dial-up

 No

Broadband

 WIFI the UNDP have a contract arrangement with ITA - 370,000 KWZ monthly

Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth

 20 MB up/20 MB down

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

MNOs services are by two companies which have relatively good national coverage (1) UNITEL private company and with better coverage (2) Movicel subsidiary all/partial owned by Angola Telecom.

For information on MNOs please visit the GSM Association website

Company

Number of Agent Outlets by Area

Network Strength by Area

Contracted for Humanitarian or Government Cash Transfer

Programmes?

Services Offered

(i.e. Merchant Payment,

Bulk Disbursement,

Receive & Make Payment)

UNITEL

 N/A but with presence in all Province/district capitals

N/officially confirmed but said to be strong in all Province/district capitals

No*

There is no availability of mobile systems for financial transfers in country. UNITEL started a system of money transfer but still under trial only in Luanda region.

MOVICEL

 N/A but with presence in all Province/district capitals

N/officially confirmed but said to be strong in all Province/district capitals

No*

Do not have any mobile systems for financial transfers in country

*there are systems in place such as Kikuia card; through SuperMrakets involving internet banking systems …but there is no info of direct involvement of mobile companies. WFP Cash Voucher project is currently being consider for Angola please contact WFP Regional Office based in South Africa.



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