Regulator fines four MNOs for missing service quality, coverage targets

10 Oct 2017

Niger’s telecoms regulator, the Authority for the Regulation of Telecommunications and Post (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et de la Poste, ARTP), has fined the West African country’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) a combined XOF3.5 billion (USD6.3 million) for failing to improve their network coverage and quality of service (QoS) indicators. Africanews reports that Airtel Niger, the local unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, was handed the largest penalty of XOF1.58 billion, followed by Orange Niger (XOF925.5 million) and state-owned Niger Telecoms (XOF620.5 million). Maroc Telecom-owned Moov Niger was sanctioned XOF423.5 million.