Vodacom agrees 2G renewal with govt

24 Jun 2019

Vodacom Congo has reportedly reached an agreement with the government to renew its 2G licence, Reuters writes, citing the telecoms ministry. Details of the deal have not been made public but a spokesperson for the ministry was quoted as saying: ‘An agreement has been reached. Vodacom has committed to comply with the demands of the state’. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Congolese government had accused Vodacom of defrauding the state, saying that it had not followed proper procedures when it paid USD16.5 million to renew its licence in 2015, claiming that the cost of the renewal should have been USD65 million. Vodacom, for its part, argued that the state was retroactively imposing rules introduced in 2016 and 2017 on the 2015 renewal process. A Congolese court rejected the South-African backed company’s case last week, however, upholding the suspension of the licence and giving the telco three months to negotiate the renewal with the government before the licence would be put up for auction.