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[March 20, 2018]

State of Digital: Angola - The Upsides & Pitfalls of Africa's Last Digital Eldorado - ResearchAndMarkets.com

The "State of Digital: Angola - The Upsides and Pitfalls of Africa's Last Digital Eldorado" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

In the midst of an acute economic crisis, Angola has decided to open up its telecoms market in a bid to attract foreign capital. This State of Digital report takes a look at telecoms and digital services opportunity in the Angolan market, sizing up the upsides and risks in the country's digital infrastructure, consumer and enterprise segments.

An in-depth assessment of the proposed fourth mobile licence and the privatization of Angola Telecom is provided. Even by African standards, Angola remains as tough a market as they come. The report assess whether, ultimately, Africa's last Eldorado isn't merely another investor mirage.

This report provides an in-depth assessment of the opportunities arising from Angola's decision to award a fourth mobile licence and privatize state-owned Angola Telecom. The report analyzes the current state of key segments of the Angolan ICT market - mobile, B2B and wholesale.

Addressable demand and competitive dynamics is reviewed and projections for each segment are laid out. The report makes the case (or lack thereof) and outlines the critical risks seen for these opportunities, from OpEx and CapEx requirements to regulatory frailty, and the crucial challenge posed b Angola's web of interlocked stakeholder relationships.

Key Questions and Points

  • Angola's economic crisis and the advent of a new president are providing the momentum for action that the country's policymakers and stakeholders have long resisted.
  • The potential is solid. This the third largest economy, and the fourth largest telecoms market in sub-Saharan Africa in revenue terms. The B2B segment is one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, largely due to the presence of a relatively dynamic financial sector, and an active ecosystem of foreign companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors.
  • While not immune from the challenges that have afflicted the broader ICT sector, the B2B segment has performed better than the broader market;
  • There is upside: mobile penetration is low, half of Angola's mobile addressable market is underserved. The very nature of the Angolan mobile market creates substantial room for differentiation for a new entrant.
  • For the fourth licence, the subscriber case is strong, as is the revenue case. We find the OpEx and CapEx cases to be extremely challenging.
  • Angola Telecom (AT) is a troubled business. But we see solid underlying value in its unique pool of assets; in this case, the parts look better than the whole.
  • A critical characteristic of the Angolan ICT market is its remarkable interlocking of interests. These will be difficult to break.
  • This matters, because success in the Angolan market, in our view, would require a challenging of the existing market structure, along with tangible regulatory action to foster true competition.
  • The opening of Angola's telecoms market is welcome - but still doesn't go far enough for the opportunity to be truly compelling.

Key Topics Covered

1 Executive Summary: Africa's Last Digital Eldorado

2 Macro-Economic Context: Distress Spurs Action

3 Telecoms Market Overview

4 The Angolan Mobile Opportunity

5 Angola's Enterprise ICT Opportunity

6 Angola Wholesale: The Making of a Hub

7 Making the Case: Angola's Greenfield Licence

8 The Angola Telecom Case

9 Summary Risk Analysis: No Strong Case Without True Transformation

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/xc36tt/state_of_digital?w=4

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