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ANGOLA

  • Law N° 2/93 (1993) governs radiocommunication networks.
  • Law N° 8/01: Basic Telecommunications Law, 23 January 2001. Published in The Official Daily of the Republic of Angola, 11 May 2001. From Article 34: "Ownership of radio electric equipment for emission...must be duly registered at the Regulatory Agency. Exception is granted to low power equipment for short range..."
  • "The lack of enforcement has in practice been a problem in some countries, where bands are said to be saturated because users exceed the allowable power levels. According to the survey, this is the case in Cameroon, Angola and Uganda..." ---from "License-Exempt Wireless Policy: Results of an African Survey" by Isabel Neto, Michael Best and Sharon Gillett, paper presented at ITS 2004.
  • "The 2.4GHz band was adopted for licensing of technologies which use spread spectrum. The band is very congested due to the massive use by some service providers, especially internet (ISPs), using it without respecting the technical conditions imposed in the licensing acts. The monitoring and enforcement is in this moment still weak, but in the near future this situation may be significantly changed: Angola is in the process of acquiring, installing and starting operation of a monitoring center." ---quoted in the "Other information (from survey, e-mails, or personal contacts)" section of Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of Licence-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa by Isabel Neto (May 2004), page 200.
  • The regulatory agency "INACOM's general power to issue licences is in competition with an identical power for the Minister [of Posts and Telecommunications]. Further, INACOM's power to issue licences is circumscribed by the regulatory authority's obligation to deal with licensing in such manner as the Minister may order. In practice, INACOM never issues licences without either formal or tacit Ministerial approval. Power belongs to the Minister in any event, as - should there be differing views on the interpretation of the law on this point - the Minister has been granted, by decree, the power to interpret the law..." ---Final Report, Part 2: Regulatory Study on Low Cost VSAT Technologies and Licensing Regimes for The World Bank and African Virtual University, Detecon International GmbH, 2003, page 10.

Africa - Regional Overview