Airtel Madagascar has renewed its telecoms licence for ten years as of 9 July 2015, Agence Ecofin reports. Due to expire in September 2015, the concession has been extended by the Agency for Regulation of Technology and Telecommunication (ARTEC) ahead of schedule, and permits the Bharti Airtel subsidiary to continue operating 2G and 3G networks in the country, while also allowing for a future rollout of 4G services. The operator’s CEO, Maixent Bekangba, commented: ‘Airtel Madagascar … through this initiative wants to show its determination to work in the long term for connectivity of the Malagasy population.’ The price of the licence extension has not been disclosed.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Airtel Madagascar launched its 2G and 3G operations in November 1997 and July 2012, respectively. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel disclosed in its 2014 financial report that it had obtained an authorisation from the ARTEC to trial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services ’based on existing frequencies’, although the operator has not yet revealed an intended launch date for its 4G network.