INTERNET ADOPTION BOOSTS ANGOLA TELECOM CAHSFLOW

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Angola's incumbent telco Angola Telecom collected Akz 80 million from central Huambo province, in 2006, after its customers improved the paying of their bills, an official source told Angop.

The Company's provincial director, Jorge Cruz, who would not disclose the amount collected in 2005, said there has been a significant increase in the collection of revenues due to the introduction of Internet, a process that compels clients to have operating fixed telephones. The official noted that in Huambo city and Bailundo town, Angola Telecom is installing fixed networks wireless phones. Clients will also have Internet.

"Apart from the main advantage in avoiding underground cables, the installation of wireless telephones is high tech. with less technical work," said the official. Jorge Cruz noted that Angola Telecom has been studying ways to install an optic fibre cable for full coverage of all country's communes. Angola Telecom has a coverage of 3,583 telephone lines active under an installed capacity of 4,000.

Angola Press Agency