ARM cuts length of mobile licences in service row

12 Jan 2010

Niger’s communications ministry, Autorite de Regulation Multisectorielle (ARM), has reduced the duration of two mobile operators’ licences in a row over quality of service, Reuters reports. The 15-year concession awarded to Kuwait-based telecoms firm Zain in 2000 was reduced by five years, according to ARM, until a return to the stated levels of service quality is achieved. Meanwhile, a 15-year licence awarded to Moov, the brand name of West African company Atlantique Telecom, also in 2000, has been cut by three years.