Moov gets in 3G groove

10 Jun 2013

Moov Benin, the largest mobile operator by subscribers in the small west African country, has received a ‘universal’ mobile service licence allowing it to operate its existing frequencies on a technology-neutral basis, clearing the path for launching 3G and 4G services. The cellco – wholly owned by Atlantique Telecom, itself 100% owned by the UAE’s Etisalat – did not provide any other details such as if additional spectrum was included in the award, or the licence fee for the 20-year concession. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Moov Benin was expectant of receiving the country’s second 3G (technology-neutral) licence following a similar award to its close rival MTN Benin in March 2012. Meanwhile, it seems likely that another local cellco, Libercom, will also be issued a universal mobile licence, which could be used by the government as a bargaining chip in its long-running negotiations with France Telecom-Orange to privatise Libercom and/or its state-owned telco parent Benin Telecoms.

Benin, Libercom, Moov Benin, MTN Benin