Angola and Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance information and communication technology (ICT) cooperation between both countries. The MoU aims to accelerate the development of their respective ICT industries for digital transformation, including areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), space technology, and cross-border optical fibre backbone connectivity. The agreement was signed by the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication, Mário de Oliveira, and the Zambian Minister of Science and Technology, Felix Mutati, during the 3rd edition of Angola’s International Information and Communication Technology Forum (ANGOTIC 2023).

The collaboration is expected to help improve the regulation of the Angolan and Zambian telecom markets, ensuring sound operational frameworks for telecom operators, and will lead to improved coverage and quality of ICT services provided in both countries. It also aims to foster innovation, drive economic growth, and improve the lives of citizens in the region. The MoU will facilitate staff training and knowledge exchange between the two countries, supporting Zambia’s space ambition to build on Angola’s space experience to set up its space program.

According to Mário de Oliveira, Angola is interested in connecting to Zambia via fibre optics, as it is already connected to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. He also mentioned that within a month, Angola will be connected to Congo Brazzaville from the northern border of Cabinda. This cross-border optic fibre backbone connectivity is scheduled to happen this month, and it is expected to bring mutual benefit to both countries.

The collaboration between Angola and Zambia is a collaborative journey towards inclusive digital transformation, technological advancement, and a prosperous future. Private sector stakeholders are also expected to benefit from this partnership, as it will enable the deployment of innovative solutions and advanced technologies, such as satellite technology and the transatlantic fibre optic cable system, Angosat 2.