Telma awarded second Comorian licence for USD16m
The National Authority for Regulation of ICT (Autorite Nationale de regulation des TIC, ANRTIC) has awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence to Madagascan operator Telecom Malagasy (Telma), thus removing the long-held monopoly of incumbent Comores Telecom (ComTel). Announcing the concession winner on 1 October, ANRTIC disclosed that Telma bid KMF7.010 billion (USD16 million) for the concession while its sole rival for the licence, Mauritius Telecom, offered just KMF3.931 billion. Meanwhile, Agence Ecofin notes that the licence is valid for 15 years and will allow Telma to provide fixed and mobile (2G, 3G, 4G) services to the public upon full payment.
Telma offers fixed and mobile services in Madagascar, while former Comorian monopoly ComTel launched the first GSM and ADSL networks in the country in October 2003 and April 2007, respectively – the operator has since remained the sole provider of wireless and fixed services in Comoros.
Source: Telegeography 5 October 2015