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Africell will double communication towers and expand services to more provinces

Africell plans to double the number of communication towers in 2024, as well as expand services to four more provinces.

: Jorge Vazquez (Foto via site da Africell)
Jorge Vazquez (Foto via site da Africell)  

Already present in Luanda, Benguela, Huíla and Cuanza Sul, the telecommunications operator plans to extend its services to four other provinces in the country. According to Angop, the announcement of which provinces will benefit will take place on the eve of the opening.

Regarding communication towers, the company currently has 700 towers. However, predictions involve seeing this number doubled.

In statements to the press, cited by Angop, the new executive director (CEO) of the telecommunications operator, Jorge Vasquez, made it known that each tower costs on average around 150 thousand dollars, not including the costs of investments in the network and the formation of frames, among others.

At the moment, the operator is using five percent of towers from other partners, while the other 95 percent were built from scratch, ending up not enabling a faster expansion, writes Angop.

According to the person in charge, cited by Angop, in other countries companies build towers with the possibility of being used by other companies. However, this is not the case in Angola, and Africell's idea involves investing in this type of action. That is, the future towers will be able to be used by two more companies that show interest.

Africell Angola has new CEO

Africell Angola appointed a new CEO, whose role will now be held by Jorge Vasquez.

According to a statement from Africell, to which VerAngola had access, the company's new CEO is of American nationality and leaves the telecommunications company Mobilelink, where he assumed the role of vice-president of sales and strategy, to join Africell.

His CV also includes a stint at the largest mobile network operator in the United States, AT&T, where he was vice president and general manager of the South Texas market. Additionally, according to the release, Jorge Vasquez "has 15 years of executive-level experience at large, complex, fast-growing telecommunications companies".

Quoted in the statement, the new CEO said he was excited about joining Africell Angola.

"I am excited to join Africell Angola at this crucial stage of its development," he said.

"Although Africell first launched in Angola almost two years ago and has already accumulated an impressive market share, it has maintained a startup mentality, meaning it is still moving quickly and doing things differently. I like to lead teams through periods of dynamic growth and I look forward to accelerating progress towards Africell's ultimate goal of being the biggest and best mobile provider in Angola", he added.


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