TELECOMS

CHINGUITEL SA GETS THIRD GSM LICENCE IN MAURITANIA FOR NEARLY US$100 MILLION

The Mauritanian telecommunications regulator has announced that the third GSM licence has been granted to Chinguitel SA, a Mauritanian company, for an amount of 26,600,000,000 ouguiya (US$99 million).

The financial offer made by Chinguitel SA is nearly four times higher than the price paid by MATTEL (Société Mauritano-tunisienne des Télécommunications) in 2000 to operate the first mobile network in Mauritania.

Three other licences were also granted: Chinguitel SA was granted a licence for international calling on pre-paid cards and Orange Mauritanie SA and Chinguitel SA were granted local loop licences for local and national voice services and Internet.

This international call for tender has still a court decision pending. MATTEL one of two existing mobile operators (the other mobile operator is Mauritel Mobile) has started legal proceedings against this tender arguing irregular procedures and potential damages caused to the existing operators with the entry of a third one.

(SOURCE : Panapress )

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