Congolese mobile duo given until June 2015 to complete network improvements

23 Feb 2015

MTN Congo and Airtel Congo have invested USD50 million and USD20 million, respectively, on enhancing their networks with a view to improving coverage and quality of service, Biztech Africa reports.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Yves Castanou, director-general of the Agence de Regulation des Postes et Communications (ARPCE), revealed in April 2014 that both mobile network operators had been fined failing to adhere to legal and regulatory obligations related to performance, quality and availability of their mobile infrastructure.

With both having committed to carrying out work to improve their networks, these projects had initially been scheduled for completion by December 2014. Now, however, Mr Castanou has confirmed that both MTN and Airtel will continue work until June 2015, following delays which had been attributed to electricity and logistics challenges. Having recently met with officials of both companies, the regulatory head noted that he had extended the deadline for work after considering requests from the cellcos, saying: ‘It’s true that the operators are experiencing a couple of problems, but they are working. We postponed the deadline to June as we believe that all the work will be completed by then.’