In brief

7 December 2017

Telecoms

A new campaign seeking to identify mobile subscribers in the Republic of the Congo has been launched by the Agence de Regulation des Postes et Communications (ARPCE). The development comes amid suggestions that the number of SIM cards in the country that are being used fraudulently remains high, with ARPCE director general Yves Castanou cited as saying that some half a dozen illegal networks have been shut down this year alone. The authorities have indicated that action could be taken against any company deemed to not have met their obligations.

According to Gabonese press reports, UK MVNO giant Lycamobile Group has inked a strategic partnership with Lebanese holding company Bintel Group, which operates mobile services in Gabon, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Republic of Congo under the Azur brand. The contract, which was signed on 17 November, will reportedly see the two parties work together on the development of international traffic, the financing of cash requirements, and the deployment of 3G in Gabon and 4G in the CAR and Congo.

South African telecoms firm MTN Group says its mobile unit in Cameroon has been fined by the local Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) for failing to comply with spectrum and subscriber registration regulations. The operator said the penalty was equivalent to approximately USD6.6 million and also included the reduction of its operating licence term by one year. Without providing further details, MTN Group said that other industry operators in Cameroon also received sanctions. The South African firm says it ‘is engaging with the regulator and the highest authorities of Cameroon on this matter’.