ARTCI slaps USD163m price-tag on licence renewals

Telecoms

The Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications in Cote d’Ivoire (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de CI, ARTCI) has reportedly raised the mobile licence renewal fees due to be paid by the country’s operators to XOF100 billion (USD162.5 million).

According to Agence Ecofin Orange, MTN and Moov were informed of the decision by ICT minister Bruno Nabane Kone, with the regulator also opting to cut the duration of the concessions, from 20 years to 15.

The news site claims that all three cellcos have voiced their disapproval at the licence fee hike, arguing that they are already unfairly burdened given the investment they must make to improve coverage and quality of service (QoS). By comparison, the original 20-year concessions were priced at XOF40 billion.
Source: Agence Ecofin 18 November 2015