ANTOSC’s plans for Angolan telecom growth
Africell has spurred a new round of investment in passive infrastructure. ANTOSC are the country’s sole towerco and share details on the market
In 2021 Africell began construction of Angola’s fourth mobile network, after a lengthy licence process. Angola currently has 3,518 SIMs per tower, minimal infrastructure sharing, and a big infrastructure deficit outside coastal regions. Since 2016 there has been a law on the books to encourage infrastructure sharing, but the country still lacks the culture and know-how to make it work. In this interview TowerXchange speaks with Angola’s only towerco, ANTOSC, to discuss its current operations, its plans to build 100s more sites and about what’s holding back the country.
TowerXchange: Angola has been a hotbed of activity since the award of a new licence, how would you summarise the past year?
Marcos Chaves, CEO, ANTOSC:
ANTOSC has moved on since our last conversation in 2020 when we only had 38 sites.