Benin suspends telecoms regulator

5 May 2006

The government of Benin has suspended the country’s telecoms watchdog, the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, without giving a reason, according to a report on the businessinafrica.net website. The state also repealed telecoms laws passed in January 2002 which mandated the regulator and has announced that it will make private operators pay their arrears direct to the Treasury. Licences granted to private operators will be reviewed, as well as partnership contracts between Benin Telecoms and private service providers, on 1 June 2006 at the latest.