Africell and Nokia to deploy a 5G-ready network in Angola

ANGOLA – Mobile technology company Africell has partnered with Nokia to deploy Nokia’s network technologies in Angola. The multi-million Euro deal significantly expands the footprint of both Nokia and Africell in Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Africell will use the latest cloud technologies to achieve cost efficiency gains from shared infrastructure, as well as improved control and flexibility which enable highly differentiated products and services. For the first phase of its new network in Angola, Africell will use Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio AccessNetwork (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites. The network will support 2G,…

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Christopher Lundh appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Africell Angola

ANGOLA – Africell Group has announced the appointment of Christopher Lundh as Chief Executive Officer of Africell Angola. Under Mr. Lundh’s stewardship, Africell is expected to deliver on its promise to transform the Angolan telecoms sector by providing affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile telecommunications services to millions of consumers. Christopher Lundh joins Africell after five years as a Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Afghan Wireless. The American national previously held senior leadership roles at companies including Telecel Congo, Africa Online, and Gateway Communications and has extensive experience in…

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Total commences production from Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project

ANGOLA – Broad energy company Total, operator of Block 17 in Angola, together with the Angolan National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency, have announced the start of production from Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project, connected to existing Pazflor’s FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit). The project includes the drilling of nine wells and is expected to reach a production of 40,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2022.  Located in water depths from 600 to 1,200 meters and about 150 kilometres from the Angolan coast, Zinia Phase 2 resources…

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DHL partners with Angola’s cargo carrier Unicargas to boost trade

ANGOLA – DHL Global Forwarding (DHL) has teamed up with Angolan cargo carrier, Unicargas to promote the export of locally-produced goods to Europe and the US. “Partnerships like this play a vital role in promoting economic growth, which are largely fueled by a vibrant pool of local enterprises ready to extend their reach. At DHL, we remain committed to enable the continent’s development by empowering African businesses to enter new markets. Our partnership with Unicargas is the perfect example of our approach to think globally and act locally, where strategic…

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Zambia and Angola oil pipeline deal nears conclusion

ZAMBIA – The governments of Zambia and Angola are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the commencement of a feasibility study on the establishment of the Angola-Zambia Oil Pipeline. Speaking in an interview with the Zambian Business Times, Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa said the signing of the MoU will take place in May 2021. “Well, we are currently to finalizing the MoU so that we can sign with our Angolan counterpart, suffice to say that the MoU signing might be done virtually, or we will…

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Ericsson and Angola’s Unitel ink three-year framework agreement for network expansion and evolution

ANGOLA – Mobile phone company Unitel S.A. and Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson have signed a three-year frame agreement for the supply of Ericsson Radio System solutions and core solutions related services. According to a statement released to the media, Ericsson will help Unitel transform its existing 2G/3G/4G Radio Access Network (RAN) and core infrastructure and prepare the service provider for future 5G services in Angola. Ericsson believes the Radio & 5G ready core expansions will enable Unitel to meet increasing data demands of customers in Angolan market.…

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AfDB lends Angola US$530m for hydropower transmission

ANGOLA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$530 million loan to Angola which will be used to build a transmission line to link the north and south of Angola, as well as to connect households to the national electricity grid. Of the funding allocated by the African Development Bank, US$480 million represents a loan from the pan-African financial institution while the other US$50 million of the funding comes from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), a US$2 billion fund established in 2014 by the AfDB and the…

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Total and Greentech partner Sonangol for the construction of the Quilemba Solar Power Station in Angola

ANGOLA – Sonangol Group, a parastatal that oversees petroleum and natural gas production in Angola, through its Business Unit Gas and Renewable Energy, has signed the Head of Terms agreement with Total Eren and Greentech for the construction of the Central Energy Photovoltaics “Quilemba Solar”.  The plant will be built in the Lubango region, to supply around 30 MW to the national electricity grid, thus reinforcing energy production in Angola.  This significant milestone, which precedes other stages for the development of the project, represents yet another step by Sonangol and…

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Angolan crowdfunding startup Deya closes US$50m pre-seed funding round

ANGOLA – Deya, a crowdfunding startup has secured its first round of pre-seed financing of more than US$50,000 to help it further develop its platform and start generating revenue. Founded in 2017, Deya is the first crowdfunding platform in Angola, or indeed any other Portuguese-speaking African country. The startup aims to boost access to finance for social impact causes, and so far, has helped such projects raise more than US$22,000. Later this year the platform will also start facilitating crowdfunding campaigns for entrepreneurial projects, and to this end has raised an undisclosed…

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Angola receives US$250m from World Bank to enhance electricity access

ANGOLA – The government of Angola has received US$250 million from the World Bank to improve the operational performance of the electricity sector utilities and increase electricity access in selected cities of Angola. The  Electricity Sector Improvement and Access Project will finance electrification investments in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Huila, and Huambo, delivering 196,500 new electricity connections that will benefit close to one million people and 93,857 public lights. The project will focus on electricity access expansion and improvement of revenue collection, electricity service improvement, capacity improvement of the…

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