The Angolan government has launched an international public tender offering a concession to manage, operate and expand state-owned operator Angola Telecom’s national and metropolitan transport backbone network.
We reported in June that the government was planning to go ahead with the international public tender; this has now been confirmed.
The aims of the tender were reiterated by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies and Social Communication (MTTICS), which is coordinating the process.
Its statement pointed out that through this competitive process it aims to capture investment and 'know-how' from the private sector for the management and expansion of infrastructure, as well as the training of staff.
According to local press reports, the competitive process, which is to last for a period of 60 days, will be open to both national and foreign entities. The contract will last for 15 years.
According to TeleGeography's CommsUpdate, bidders have to submit their proposals by 10 November 2021. Participants in the tender must commit $50,000 alongside a deposit equivalent to five percent of the investment value of the proposal.
Public telecommunications operator Angola Telecom is at the moment 100 percent owned by the Angolan state – though not for long if plans for the loss-making telecommunications company to be restructured and privatised are carried out.