Mauritania’s SNO Chinguitel launches operations with 3G

Telecoms

Mauritania’s third operator Chinguitel has launched 3G services with coverage of 4,000 km of main routes throughout the desert nation on the western edge of the Sahara. Chinguitel is majority owned by Sudan’s national telecoms company Sudatel. Technology Minister Oumar Ould Yali said, ‘Chinguitel has paid more than MRO27 billion (USD105 million) and signed agreements to ensure mobile coverage of several towns across the country and contribute to promoting access to information technology.’

Mauritania is currently served by two mobile providers, Mattel, partly owned by Tunisian investors, and Mauritel, partly-owned by Maroc Telecom, and had 600,000 subscribers at the end of 2005 out of a mostly nomadic population of some three million.