Angola loses 800,000 mobile users in four years

16 May 2019

Angola’s two mobile telecommunications operators lost approximately 800,000 users from 2014-2018, the chief executive of the Angolan Communications Institute (INACOM) announced.

António Moniz Gonçalves said that the number of users fell from 14 million in 2014 to 13 million in 2016.

This was followed by a short-lived spike to 13.3 million in 2017 before it fell again to 13.2 million last year.

The operators, Unitel and Movicel, share 13.3 million users, representing about half of Angola’s population.

The secretary of state for telecommunications, Mário Augusto da Silva Oliveira, said that the fall in the number of users was due to updating telephone numbers and the economic financial crisis that the country was experiencing.