L’Autorité de Régulation Multisectorielle (ARM), Niger’s telecoms regulator, has announced the planned award of a GSM concession and a technology-neutral mobile telecoms licence, without giving further details. The country, one of the world’s poorest, currently has three mobile operators — Celtel, Telecel and SahelCom — which had an estimated 634,000 subscribers between them at the end of June 2007. This represents a penetration of less than 5%. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celtel was the market leader with an 80% share of subscribers. Celtel is owned by Kuwait’s Zain Group.