DRC to make cellcos walk the plank after 100 million minutes of calls get ‘pirated’ each month

16 Jan 2013

According to a report by Agence Ecofin, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced its intention to clamp down on a growing trend towards ‘piracy’ in the international calls sector. As such, the government has inked a deal with French-American company Agilis International to verify the data supplied by the country’s mobile operators. The Agilis observation centre has reported that the DRC receives around 120 million minutes worth of international calls each month, but the companies themselves only report a fraction of that figure – around 20 million minutes. Communications minister Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba described the discrepancy as causing ‘a big loss for the state which levies a tax on every minute’.

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