DRC watchdog stages preliminary LTE licence consultation

24 Dec 2013

The introduction of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) licences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could occur as early as 2014, after a preliminary consultation was initiated by Tryphon Kin Kiey Mulumba, the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies of Information and Communication on 19 December. According to Agence Ecofin, Mr Mulumba met with the CEOs of the DRC’s established wireless operators to discuss terms and pricing.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, 3G licences were introduced in the DRC in July 2012, priced USD15 million apiece. Airtel DRC, Oasis Telecom (Tigo), Vodacom Congo and Africell all acquired a concession, while Orange (then Congo Chine Telecom [CCT]) had a 3G authorisation included with its October 2011 licence renewal.

Congo, Dem. Rep., Ministry of Post, Telecom and New ICT (MINPTNTIC)