Angolan mobile phone operator Movicel plans soon to launch a fourth generation (4G) mobile network in partnership with Chinese telecommunications equipment company ZTE, the Angolan company’s chief operating office, António Francisco said.
Cited by Jornal de Angola, Francisco noted that, “telecommunications are a strategic sector,” for Angola, and added, “so we decided to bet on new technology that can provide the best quality mobile broadband services.”
Chinese company ZTE provides all the equipment, include mobile phone, as well as plating a crucial role in updating all of Movicel’s systems. It currently has no manufacturing unit in Angola.
Initially the 4G network will cover the oil producing region of Cabinda, as well as 15 others with high population density, including Luanda. At a later stage this will be expanded to another 30 cities.
The mobile operator expects to have 1 million 4G customers by the end of the year, which is part of a wider strategy to increase its subscribers from 4.5 million to 7 million.
Movicel plans to invest around US$100 million in updating its current network to 4G.