"The angolan government, through the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Media, announces the opening today (14/09) of the international public tender for the exploration of the national backbone infrastructure and metropolitan networks of Angola Telecom E.P.," a note published on the ministry's website says.
The ministry said that as of Tuesday, 14 September, the tender will remain open for 60 days to national and foreign entities: "For 60 days, starting from today's date, 14 September 2021, the tender will be open to all national and foreign natural and legal entities, in a process in which interested parties should obtain the parts available at Angola Telecom's head office".
"After qualification, the bidders will be subject to an evaluation and selection process, transparent and based on the legislation in force, with criteria perfectly identified and defined in the tender specifications and program, culminating with the signing of the sub-concession contract valid for 15 years," the ministry said.
The ministry explained that the aim of this tender is, "within the strategy of boosting and making the public business area profitable, to attract investments, transfer knowledge and skills from the private sector for management, exploration and expansion of the infrastructure, as well as training Angola Telecom staff".
The ministry says it hopes the partnership will help contribute to the country's socio-economic dynamization and growth.
"The sub-concession, by stabilizing, recovering, expanding and modernizing the national telecommunications infrastructure will allow the various electronic communications operators to benefit from access to a network of national coverage, robust and redundant, to offer their customers quality services at competitive prices," reads the statement.
The statement also stresses that the growth of "infrastructure stability and availability" as well as the "development of the digital economy and the economy in general, combined with the potential of the average population under 25 years of age, in addition to its annual growth rate of more than 3 percent by 2034, will ensure a convergent rise for the telecommunications market, bringing higher levels of billing and profitability to investors".
Those interested in the competition can find out more information on the MINTTICS website, the release adds.