Gabon launches 3G licence tender


Gabon's government has launched a tender to build and operate a 3G mobile network, with a deadline for submissions to the regulator Artel by 30 September, reports Reuters. The tender is open to both domestic and foreign companies, with the aim of further liberalising the telecoms sector, the state announced.
Mobile and internet access services in Gabon have been criticised for unreliable coverage and service, and the government is looking to improve access as part of wider efforts to diversify investment. The country’s Minister of Communication, Postal Services and the Digital Economy, Ms Laure Olga Gondjout, said: ‘The third generation is a revolutionary tool that will allow the public easier access to information and [to] conduct business transactions over the internet.’ Gabon has four commercial 2G/2.5G mobile network operators – Zain, Libertis, Moov and Azur – with over 1.6 million subscriptions between them, giving a cellular penetration of above 100%.