All four cellcos fined by regulator

2 Sep 2014

Niger’s telecoms regulator, Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et de la Poste (ARTP), has fined the West African country’s four mobile operators for failing to adhere to their licence conditions concerning price control mechanisms, writes StarAfrica, citing APA. Airtel Niger, the local unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, was handed the largest penalty of XOF3.41 billion (USD6.8 million), followed by Orange Niger (XOF1.69 billion) and SahelCom, the mobile unit of state-owned fixed line incumbent Sonitel, which was fined XOF1.49 million. Atlantique Telecom-owned Moov Niger was sanctioned XOF537 million. The figures correspond to 3% of the operators’ total revenue for 2013.