Niger has disclosed plans to merge state-owned fixed line operator Sonitel and its wholly owned mobile unit SahelCom into a single entity, Reuters Africa reports, citing an announcement by telecommunications minister Yahouza Sadissou. The two businesses will be brought into a central company called Niger Telecom, with initial capital of XOF23.4 billion (USD39.64 million), the official confirmed following a cabinet meeting. Mr Sadissou said the amalgamation would help pool technical and financial resources and make the enlarged company’s services more attractive to clients.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SahelCom is the country’s smallest mobile operator by subscribers, with 398,700 customers as at 30 June 2016. Fixed line incumbent Sonitel, meanwhile, claimed 157,966 wireline users as of end-2015.