ARCEP revokes Glo’s operating licence

21 Dec 2017

Benin’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications & Postal Services (ARCEP) has withdrawn the operating licence of Nigerian-owned Globacom Benin (Glo Mobile), after negotiations between the two sides broke down over the concession’s renewal terms, Reuters writes. According to unnamed sources, the company refused to accept a number of new conditions imposed by the regulator, including an increase of the licence fee.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the government of the Republic of Benin issued a decision on 20 September rejecting Glo’s proposed terms to renew its authorisation. Glo’s operating licence expired on 19 August, and the government had previously set prerequisite renewal conditions including payment of all of Glo’s arrears (frequency usage fees and others, totalling nearly XOF13 billion [USD23.6 million]), whilst Glo had pledged to make certain investments, seeking various exemptions in return.

Benin, ARCEP (Benin), Globacom Benin (Glo Mobile)