Gabonese govt hires Bird & Bird to overhaul telecoms policy

9 Jun 2016

The government of Gabon has enlisted London-based international law firm Bird & Bird to redesign the regulatory framework governing its telecoms sector. According to a report by news site AfricTelegraph.com, the government is keen to create a more welcoming climate for potential investors; close a number of legal loopholes, which complicate business matters; and ‘lay the foundations for an integrated regulatory and legal framework consistent with the trends prevailing in the international and regional economic communities’. The funding will be drawn from moneys previously allocated to the Central African Backbone (CAB) project, the report adds.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Gabonese telecoms sector is governed by Law No. 005/2001 of June 2001, which was chiefly concerned with reorganising the postal and communications sectors, separating out the functions of former monopoly operator l’Office des Postes et des Telecommunications (OPT). Industry watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) is expected to actively participate in the discussions.

Gabon, Regulatory Authority for Electronic Comms and Posts (ARCEP)