Niger adopts three new telecoms sector decrees

24 Oct 2018

Niger’s Council of Ministers has adopted three draft decrees formulated by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. The move follows the adoption of Law No. 2018-45 of 12 July 2018 regulating electronic communications in Niger and Law No. 2018-47 of 12 July 2018, establishing, organising and operating the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste, ARCEP), both of which made the necessary adjustments to enable Niger to comply with additional directives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), in order to contribute to the creation of a common market for ICT in the community area.

The first newly-adopted draft decree outlines the guidelines, priorities and funding for universal access to electronic communications services, while the second concerns the establishment and control of tariffs, including the terms and conditions that operators may use to set rates for the services they provide to the public. Finally, the third decree lays down the general conditions for interconnection and access, including local loop unbundling (LLU), the potential for licensing MVNOs and the identification of relevant markets to improve the competitive environment.