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Africell needs two thousand Angolan workers to distribute SIM cards

The fourth mobile phone operator in the country is forcefully preparing for its arrival, now having to ensure that its SIM cards – also known as 'chip' – reach the population. For this, Africell has already made it known that it needs a workforce of around 2000 Angolans.

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With the start of operations in the country scheduled for December, Africell this Wednesday inaugurated its Data Center (data processing center) in Luanda. Nina Maria Fite, ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Angola was present on the occasion.

Speaking to the press, the diplomat mentioned the need for the operator to employ employees in the country, stating that at least 70 percent of Africell's workforce will be Angolan.

Africell's Director of Strategy, Gonçalo Farias, assured that the company is also focused on equal opportunities, as currently 30% of the workforce is already female. The highlight in this field is the engineering area.

From an operational and infrastructure point of view, the official said that the operator is able to fulfill its commitments, and is in the final stage of equipment installation.
With regard to documentation, he underlined that the licensing of sites, the regularization of tariffs, among other regulatory details within the competence of the Angolan Communications Institute (INACOM), are pending.

Matias Borges, national director of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, reiterated the Government's support for the operator, so that the entry into operation takes place within the deadline. He also stated that, with the entry into operation of the fourth mobile telephony operator, the national market will become more attractive, offering various options to users, namely those in regions with a low level of coverage.

It is recalled that in February INACOM and Africell signed a service provision contract that licensed the operator in the country. Africell will also be able to sell electronic communications products and provide traditional and financial services, via mobile phone (Mobile Money), throughout the country's geographic space, recalls Angop.

In the first phase, the services will have full coverage of the province of Luanda, followed later by the other provinces of the country. The investment by the operator, of American origin, will reach 300 million dollars, guaranteeing, in an initial phase, 400 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs.

In December, the country will thus have four mobile telephony operators: Angola Telecom, Movicel, Unitel and Africell. The latter is present in other African countries such as Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

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