Comoros’ second telecoms operator Telma to launch next month
2 December 2016
Telecom Malagasy (Telma) is set to launch commercial mobile voice and data services in Comoros next month, bringing an end to the monopoly held by state-owned incumbent telecoms operator Comores Telecom (Comtel), reports Comores-infos.
Telma was awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence by the National Authority for the Regulation of ICT (Autorite Nationale de Regulation des TIC, ANRTIC) in October 2015. Telma bid KMF7.01 billion (USD15.1 million) for the 15-year concession, which allows the company to provide fixed and mobile services to the public.
In December 2015 the firm said it would offer Telco-branded mobile voice, 3G and 4G data services over an initial 70 base stations upon launch. However, Telma claims it has been denied access to the Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy), which lands at Moroni, by incumbent Comtel, and according to local press reports, the dispute resulted in the nation being temporarily cut off from the internet until access was restored following negotiations between the parties.