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Following the end of many years long civil war in the year 2002, the foreign investment in this country has increased in the last few years. This has been able to have a knock effect in telecoms sector, where there have been some a considerable interest in the national infrastructure upgrades and growing addition international capacity.

When it comes to the mobile market, it has been able to remain very vibrant and this has been despite continued dominance by two firms, Unitel and the Angola Telecom’s Movicel. Impressive progress has been observed in LTE network growth into year 2016. New unified licensing administration is aimed to accelerate growth in the sector (mobile) in coming years.

Government has focused on being able to develop the telecom infrastructure in the bid to be able to diversify country’s economy and also lessen the dependence on the offshore crude oil production, that accounts for majority all the exports and up to a maximum of 80% of the total tax revenue. By being able to extend as well as upgrade the telecom networks, governments do expect business to grow and become effective as well as for the e-commerce to become very prominent features of economic growth. Also, the networks get to facilitate rural access to the education as well as the health sector.
After 3 years, that had loss-making operations, the Telecom Namibia went ahead and pulled out of the investment in the fixed wireless operator by the name Mundo Startle, getting to cite the regulatory obstacles. EV-DO, as well as WiMAX and the 3G and the (LTE) 4G mobile broadband services, have now also offered further internet access choices for the consumers, hence competing with the Angola Telecom’s DSL, the cable modem as well as the Fiber to the premises services.

But, there is so much progress that needs to be made if this country is to be able to improve business line as well as be able to attract the investors in World Bank Ease of Doing the Business Index for the year 2013, this country ranked position 179 out of the total 189 countries that were benchmarked falling to position 181 in the year 2014 report and also staying there in the year 2015. The competition has gone on and increased in underdeveloped fixed-line market, however, the launch delays as well as consolidation among newly licensed players have gone on and led to the duopoly in the sector and between Angola Telecom and the Mercury Telecom.

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