Ministry warns of deadline for notification

11 Jul 2018

The Congolese government has reiterated its previous order that ISPs and VSAT providers should make themselves known to the regulator in order to continue offering services, Agence Ecofin reports. The Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies (Ministre des Postes, Telecommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de Communication, MINPTNTIC) had issued a notification on 8 February instructing licence holders to contact the regulator, as the watchdog sought to compile an up-to-date list of data transmission networks and service providers operational within the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The list would then be used to facilitate a crackdown on illegal service providers. The initial deadline for the notification was 28 February, but this was later extended to 14 July to allow operators time to comply with the order. With the new cut-off date approaching, the ministry has warned that providers that fail to contact the regulator by that date will be forced to suspend services.