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Angola is located in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola has begun to enjoy the fruits of peace since a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002.

Internet Usage Statistics:
607,400 Internet users as of June/10, 4.6% of the population, according to ITU.

Facebook Users in Angola:
63,860 as of August 31, 2010, according to Facebook.

Latest Population Estimate:
12,799,293 population for 2009, according to Census Bureau.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita is US$ 3,450 ('08) according to the World Bank.

Country Area:
1,246,700 sq km

Angola Internet Usage and Population Growth:




% Pen.

Usage Source




0.2 %





1.3 %





4.0 %





4.3 %





4.6 %


Angola Search Engines and Directories:

The Angola Index from the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Angola Directory.

dmoz Directory
Angola Regional Directory

Angola Country Information
Angola data from the CIA World Factbook

Angola Country Profile
Angola data from the BBC News

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Angola Internet and Telecommunications

8th October 2009

Angola is the second largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, and the recent rise of oil prices has led to continuous GDP growth of around 20% for the past three years. With peace restored in 2002 after decades of civil war, foreign investment has multiplied and the mobile market has soared. Competition was also introduced in the underdeveloped fixed-line market and several 3G wireless technologies and WiMAX networks are being rolled out.

Angola Telecommunications Market Overview and Statistics
Angola is the second-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, and the recent rise of oil prices may push GDP growth as high as 35% in 2007. With peace restored in 2002 after decades of civil war, foreign investment has multiplied. However, Angola Telecom’s fixed-line network still serves less than 1% of the population. The licensing of four new fixed-wireless operators in 2002 has introduced competition to this sector, using Third Generation (3G) wireless technologies and WiMAX to provide advanced services. A national fibre optic backbone network is being implemented. Privatisation of Angola Telecom and the licensing of a third mobile operator is expected in the not too distant future. Market forecasts are also included.

Angola Political Background

Having gained their country’s independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola’s guerrilla groups vied for its control. The Communist-backed MPLA won the upper hand and in 1979 José Eduardo dos Santos, its leader, became Angola’s president. This led America and South Africa to back and arm UNITA, a rival guerrilla group led by Jonas Savimbi, in a destructive civil war. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 saw the MPLA drop Marxism in favour of social democracy and gain American support. A peace deal with UNITA and free elections followed, but Mr Savimbi rejected the results and resumed his guerrilla war in 1992. In 1996 a power-sharing deal monitored by UN peacekeepers collapsed and full-scale fighting resumed in 1998.

In February 2002 government troops killed Mr Savimbi, precipitating the end to a war which has ruined Angola and starved its people. With UN help, UNITA soldiers are re-integrating into society. Foreign investment is meanwhile aiding reconstruction. Angola’s bountiful oil fields and diamond mines provide powerful motives for interest in this country.

Further reading on Angola and Africa Telecommunications:

Africa Market and Telecommunications Reports
Get the latest information about Africa from the largest
global telecommunications research site on the Web.

Angola Official Website
News and links for Angola.

Angola Country Analysis Brief
Angola Energy resources review.


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