The National Authority for Regulation of ICT (Autorite Nationale de regulation des TIC, ANRTIC) has awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence to Madagascan operator Telecom Malagasy (Telma), thus removing the long-held monopoly of incumbent Comores Telecom (ComTel). Announcing the concession winner on 1 October, ANRTIC disclosed that Telma bid KMF7.010 billion (USD16 million) for the concession while its sole rival for the licence, Mauritius Telecom, offered just KMF3.931 billion. Meanwhile, Agence Ecofin notes that the licence is valid for 15 years and will allow Telma to provide fixed and mobile (2G, 3G, 4G) services to the public upon full payment.
Telma offers fixed and mobile services in Madagascar, while former Comorian monopoly ComTel launched the first GSM and ADSL networks in the country in October 2003 and April 2007, respectively – the operator has since remained the sole provider of wireless and fixed services in Comoros.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, applicants (or parent companies) for the concession on offer were required to have at least one million subscribers to their existing fixed or mobile services, and to be in possession of at least USD20 million in funding. Interested parties were required to have registered their interest by 18 May 2015, and to have submitted their bids by 25 June 2015.