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New telecom operators are going to "improve services" provided

The government considered this Tuesday that the entry of new telecom service providers will result in an "improvement of services" and will have a "significant impact on the costs" of existing services in the country.


"The prices are known, we all have access to telecommunications services, it is true that we need to continue working to create a price appropriate to the cost of investment that is made in telecommunications," said this Tuesday to Lusa the Secretary of State for Information Technology, Manuel Homem.

He was speaking at the end of the conference to launch the third edition of the Global Forum and Exhibition of Information and Communication Technologies, ANGOTIC 2020, which runs from 11 to 13 June next in Luanda.

Without commenting on the announcement about the Lebanese company Africell, selected by the Government to become the fourth telecommunication operator in the country, Manuel Homem only underlined that the entry of new operators will "improve the telecommunications spectrum and this will have a significant impact on the cost".

In relation to the issues that will be addressed in the 40 sessions of ANGOTIC 2020, Manuel Homem stressed the need for cyber-security literacy, saying it is a global problem in the context of the use of new technologies.

"But for us to have an effective cyber-security ecosystem, it is essential that we train people, talk about literacy. This year we will have a focus on literacy, but also on cybersecurity solutions", he said.

Smart cities, cybersecurity, the impact of information and communication technologies on education, technological startups and incubators, regulation, 5G transformations are other topics that will be discussed at the meeting by Angolan and foreign experts.

Asked about the current state of information and communication technologies, the ruler made it known that Angola has an optical fiber network that covers 22,000 kilometers of the country.

"We have the necessary infrastructure to support the quality of telecommunications services that the country needs," he said, admitting, however, "not yet desirable," so the government "continues to make all the investments that are deemed necessary".


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