Assembly reviews Telecoms Act reforms

8 Apr 2013

Proposed reforms to the Telecommunications Act have been passed to the Constituent National Assembly for urgent consideration, Agence Ecofin reports. The changes, supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the African Development Bank are considered essential for revitalising the nation’s telecoms sector. The reforms will strengthen the powers of sector regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (INT) as well as implementing new procedures that would allow the watchdog to authorise the launch of new operators – including mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) – without the involvement of the telecoms ministry. INT will also be allowed to issue penalties of up to 3% of an operator’s turnover, up from the current 1%.