MTN awarded 3G licences in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin


MTN customers in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin will now enjoy the benefits of world-class connectivity; this follows the awarding of 3G licences to the mobile telecoms provider in both countries.

"We are grateful to the governments of Cote d'Ivoire and Benin for enabling MTN to further enhance the experience of mobile telephony for our customers," said Christian de Faria, MTN group chief commercial officer.

The Ivorian Minister of Post and Information Communication Technologies, Bruno Kone, delivered the news about the 3G licence to MTN Cote d'Ivoire last Thursday at the MTN offices in Abidjan during a press conference held to display the SIM and subscriber registration process in MTN service centres and the equipment related to the West African Cable System (WACS).

Wim Vanhelleputte, the chief executive officer of MTN Cote d'Ivoire, announced that WACS, a submarine cable stretching 14,000 kilometres between Portugal and SA, would upgrade connectivity for Ivorians to international standards.

"The cable will allow more Ivorians to enjoy fast access to the internet. We have already identified about 30% of subscribers who will be the first to experience and enjoy the 3G service," he commented.

Meanwhile, in Benin, MTN was granted a universal licence, which allows the company to provide mobile telecommunications services using any technology within the defined agreed frequency range without additional fees.

This includes 3G, 4G, LTE, Wimax, Wi-Fi outdoor as well as the use of VoIP.

Eric Tronel, chief executive officer for MTN Benin said MTN was the first and only operator in Benin with a license that allows the use of new generation technologies, such as 3G, 4G, LTE and Wimax.