Telecoms – In Brief
Telecommunications companies in Niger will have it rough this season as their regulator, ARTP has fined the four of them three percent of their 2013 revenues for failing to meet their license obligations. Their obligations being those related to their tariffs as well as their control mechanisms; this is according to reports by Agence Ecofin. The total amount of the fines levied is XOF 6.74 billion, that is approximately $13.5 million), or XOF 3.4 billion for Airtel, XOF 1.6 billion for Orange, XOF 1.4 billion for SahelCom and XOF 537 million for Atlantic Telecom.
Burkina Faso’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) has reported that the country ended 2013 with a total of 11.241 million mobile subscribers, up 13% from 9.976 million twelve months earlier and 7.682 million at 31 December 2011. Office Nationale des Telecommunications (Onatel) led the wireless market with a total of 4.643 million customers at end-2013 (a share of 41.3%), followed closely by Indian-owned cellco Airtel Burkina Faso with 4.456 million subscribers (39.6%), with Telecel Faso accounting for the remaining 2.142 million (19.1%). According to ARCEP, wireline telephony connections of fixed line incumbent Onatel numbered 137,421 at 31 December 2013, down from 141,358 twelve months previously, while the firm’s fixed broadband accesses stood at 12,962.