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TV CABO LAUNCHES ANGOLAN CABLE OP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANGOLA TELECOM AND VISABEIRA GROUP

TV Cabo, the joint venture between fixed-line incumbent Angola Telecom and the Visabeira group, has announced that it will launch a new digital cable television (CATV) service in October 2005, according to the Xinhua news agency. Angola Telecom launched a CATV service in late 2003 and has some 500 subscribers. The new service will offer some 85 television channels and 25 music channels, mostly broadcasting Lusophone Portuguese and Brazilian content.

The digital CATV service will also offer a broadband internet service, according to TV Cabo, providing alternative broadband to the ADSL and fixed wireless available in Luanda (the capital). In Mozambique, another former Portuguese colony, fixed-line operator Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TdM) also launched cable television and broadband internet services in Maputo in October 2001 through its joint venture, also called TV Cabo.

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