Regulator orders Expresso to restore fixed telephony services

17 Feb 2021

Senegal’s Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has ordered Expresso Telecom to relaunch fixed telephony services or face sanctions. In a letter sent on 11 February, the regulator reminded Expresso that it is required to provide such services under the terms of its global licence, and warned that it will be obliged to take all necessary legal action unless the service is resumed within 30 days of receipt of the letter. The regulator’s market reports indicate Expresso exited the fixed telephony sector in September 2018.

Earlier this month, Expresso was put on formal notice by the watchdog that it could lose its operating licence unless it improved services. The country’s third largest mobile network operator by subscribers is accused of failing to fulfil service commitments contained in its licence specifications, following years of under-investment in its network.