The government of Niger has announced it has awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a 4G network to Zamani Com, the new owner of mobile operator Orange Niger. At the same time, the cellco’s existing 2G and 3G licences have been renewed for a further 15 years. Orange will pay a total of XOF12 billion (USD19.7 million) for the new LTE licence, while the price of renewing its 2G and 3G concessions has been set at XOF28.4 billion.
In November 2019 France’s Orange Group completed the sale of its entire 95.5% stake in Orange Niger to Zamani Com, after the transaction received approval from the relevant authorities. Zamani Com is wholly owned by businessmen Mohamed Rissa of Rimbo Invest and Moctar Thiam, both already minority shareholders of Orange Niger.