MAURITANIA BEGINS SECOND STAGE OF LIBERALISATION WITH INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENCES

Telecoms

Mauritania is getting ready for next step towards greater competition. The Government has already sold 51% of Mauritel to Maroc Telecom (owned by France’s Vivendi). It operates a 20 mbps gateway and is planning to introduce broadband this year.

Currently Mauritel is still the only ISP, although cyber-cafes are privately run. There is considerable grey market traffic from cyber-cafes. There two tenders – one for ISPs and the other for an international gateway – that will be decided in September this year. Nine operators responded to the privatisation of Mauritel so a number of these may return to the fray to bid for an international gateway.