ARCEP threatens to revoke Azur’s operating licence

18 Dec 2017

Struggling Gabonese cellco USAN Gabon (Azur) has been warned by telecoms regulator the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) that it could lose its operating licence due to its continued poor performance. ARCEP lists some of the difficulties that Azur has faced since it first launched a GSM network in 2009, including negative financial results reported each year; a large debt, at around XAF42 billion (USD75.2 million) owed to various providers and the state; difficulties in implementing 3G and 4G technologies; deterioration of the quality of service and the non-payment of staff salaries for at least the past seven months. ARCEP has stated that it has ‘decided to take all necessary measures to put an end to this situation, which has a negative impact on the macroeconomic balance of the electronic communications sector in the Republic of Gabon.’