Telecommunications in Angola
Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to west. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.
Despite Angola’s above-average per capita income in the region, only around two-thirds of households (63%) had mobile phones with a wide variation between urban (83%) and rural areas (31%). According to latest ITU data (June 2018) mobile coverage reaches 85% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by 8% of Angolans due to its limited deployment outside of major urban centres.
This oil-rich country is aiming to shift from ICTs led by economic growth to ICTs being a leading engine of the economy.
ICT growth has largely been driven by economic growth from the country’s large oil reserves. There is now a push to widen and deepen access, infrastructure, human resources, content and e-services, so that ICT plays a major role in the country’s economic development strategies.