20 Oct 2014
French telecoms regulator Arcep has confirmed that it has opened ‘pre-trial proceedings’ against the trio of licensees owned by Curacao-based mobile group United Telecommunication Services (UTS), namely: Guyane Telephone Mobile (GTM), Guadeloupe Telephone Mobile (GTM) and Martinique Telephone Mobile (MTM).
All three would-be cellcos were licensed in June 2008, but have failed to show any signs of rolling out 2G and 3G networks, as stipulated by their respective concessions. Arcep has extended the initial rollout schedules tied to the licences – all companies were obliged to cover 90% of the country by 2013 – and now the trio must offer full coverage by 15 January 2016, with interim deadlines of 15 January 2015 and 15 April 2015.
If the operators fail to meet the new targets they are likely to see their licences revoked, potentially paving the way for the redistribution of the mobile concessions.