Cellcos endure flak attack over network quality, ‘chaotic’ SIM distribution

4 Jan 2013

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s five principle mobile operators – Africell, Airtel, Orange, Oasis (Tigo) and Vodacom – along with fixed line operator Standard Telecom, have come under fire from telecoms minister Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba over their poor network quality. Agence Ecofin reports that Mulumba is pressing for financial penalties to be applied to the companies as censure for their lack of network improvements. His grievances also include the ‘chaotic’ distribution of SIM cards by street vendors, which in his opinion conspires to ‘distort’ the satisfactory identification of mobile users.

Congo, Dem. Rep., Africell DRC, Airtel DRC, Orange DRC, Standard Telecom (formerly Congo Korea Telecom), Tigo DRC, Vodacom Congo (DRC)