Benin’s Libercom finally shut down

3 Oct 2018

Libercom, the failed GSM mobile division of state-backed fixed line incumbent Benin Telecoms, finally ceased all operating activity at the end of September 2018, Agence Ecofin reports. The Republic of Benin’s Council of Ministers had ordered the dissolution of the struggling cellco back in June 2017, but Libercom – with 32,000 users remaining at end-June 2018 – did not stop selling services until late August 2018. In a statement issued on 28 September, the liquidator of the company warned Libercom customers to use any communications credit by 30 September. Following the network shutdown, the remaining users have been entrusted to MTN Benin as per a decision of local telecoms regulator ARCEP. Libercom had existed on the brink of bankruptcy for several years due to poor financial management.