Gabon Telecom, part of the Maroc Telecom group, has posted a 13.5% year-on-year revenue increase for Q1 2013 to MAD342 million (USD40.3 million), including mobile revenue which grew 14.8% to MAD190 million. Mobile ARPU declined by 13.6% year-on-year in the first three months of 2013, offset by a 28.1% rise in the number of its ‘Libertis’ cellular subscribers – reaching 824,000 at 31 March 2013, up from 644,000 a year before. Having finished a purge of its active CDMA-based customer account database last year – which caused its reported fixed network user base to plummet – Gabon Telecom said that fixed lines increased to 18,000 at end-March (up by 1,000 in a year), and fixed broadband accesses also rose by 1,000 to 8,000. Gabon Telecom also this week launched a secure e-billing system for business customers.
Elsewhere in Gabon, the regulator has recently issued 3G/4G draft licence terms and conditions and invited operators to comment. Libertis’ rival Airtel Gabon said in a report today that it has ‘sent comments and is awaiting invitation for final discussions.’