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Paratus invests in Angola’s fibre links to boost private and public sector business

One of Africa’s largest countries is undergoing widespread modernisation across urban developments, energy and ICT sectors.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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November 29, 2021 | 4:00 AM GMT

Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), part of the Paratus Group, has launched its first broadband internet service in Moxico, Angola’s largest province in the east of the country. 

The company said the new service is a significant intervention to unlock the potential for both the private and public sectors in the province, which spans 223 000 km2 and has a population of close to a million people.

Covering more than 1,000 kilometres, the new link begins in Lobito, in Benguela province, runs across the central plateau through the Huambo and Bié provinces, and ends in the city of Luena, Moxico.

In addition to connecting the east of the country to Angola and the world, the project also includes the delivery of internet services to municipalities along the route and provides both residents and businesses with the benefits of high-quality connectivity.

The fibre cable has also been designed to enable the introduction of new telecommunications services such as cable television and educational and health public services. 

Deputy Governor of Luena, Dr Victor da Silva said: “This is important for the country because the new link not only connects Luena to the rest of the world but, through high-quality technology from ITA/Paratus, it also provides Eastern Angola with access to the highest level of health and education services.  

“We are able to promote the development of the best levels of service provision in areas such as banking, health, and education through having this new Internet service in Moxico.”

General Director of ITA/Paratus, Francisco Pinto Leite, added: “Our plan has always been to develop robust infrastructures that may leverage the economic potential of municipalities and to promote inclusion and digital transformation. This new connection reaffirms our commitment to transforming Angola into a data hub in Africa.”

Founded in 2003, ITA (Internet Technologies Angola) is part of the pan-African network services provider, Paratus. ITA offers integrated solutions, including Internet and MPLS Connectivity, cloud services, data centre service and voice.

Paratus has a workforce present six African countries – Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.  The business’ extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in 28 African countries and to thousands of remote customer connections in Africa.

The company has also recently appointed South African born Miles October as group marketing executive.

The Tech Capital has recently spoken to Barney Harmse, group CEO, to discuss the future of its operations across the continent.

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