Ministry urges three smaller players to unite to increase competition

Telecoms

The Ministry of Communications in Cote d’Ivoire is calling for the three smallest operators in the country’s cellular market to merge to create a more effective competitor to the trio of dominant players, MTN, Orange and Moov. Communications Minister Bruno Nabagne Kone is recommending that Comium, Green Network and Cafe Mobile unite to create a fourth player with 1.13 million subscribers and a 6% share of the overall market, Agence Ecofin reports.

MTN and Orange currently claim around 36% of the market each, while Etisalat subsidiary Moov has the remaining 22%, with the country being home to 19.39 million subscribers in total at the end of 2013, according to figures from the regulator, Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire (ARTCI).