MTN Cote d’Ivoire begins network migration amid rumours ARTCI will revoke 2.5GHz spectrum


MTN Cote d’Ivoire is in the process of migrating users of its 2.5GHz WiMAX service onto the 800MHz spectrum band, ICT4Africa reports, citing official company correspondence. The formal switchover will reportedly take place on 1 April; the company’s lower-band network has been operational since 7 March.

While no official reason has been given by the telco for the move, ICT4Africa claims that the higher band spectrum has been rescinded by the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications in Cote d’Ivoire (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de CI, ARTCI), ahead of its planned re-licensing programme (see below).

Based on data provided by the watchdog, MTN closed out 2015 with 44,076 WiMAX subscribers and an additional 508 fixed line customers, making it the country’s second largest broadband provider in terms of end-users behind Orange. The legacy network is believed to be live in 24 cities.
Source: Telegeography 15 March 2016