Benin: the State revokes the telecoms license of the operator Bell Bénin Communications SA

Benin: the State revokes the telecoms license of the operator Bell Bénin Communications SA

Mobile operator Bell Benin Communications SA (BBCom), operating on the Beninese telecom market since 2008, had its license to set up and operate a telecom network open to the public, which was revoked on 2 August 2017 The decision, which was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by the head of state Patrice Talon, sanctions the company for failure on most of its obligations, registered for several years until the extinction of its network for several months .

Beyond BBCom’s breach of its obligation to ensure continuity of service contained in its specifications, the State also demands more than 300 billion CFA francs of debts. This sum includes the non-payment of 6 billion Fcfa representing the non-payment of the consideration for its license; 12,089,012,237 Fcfa representing the non-payment of royalties due to the titles of its license; 9 billion debts owed to state corporations and offices; 2 861 644 076 Fcfa representing the debts owed to the private sector operators; 491 845 562 FCFA representing tax liabilities and a significant financial loss to subscribers which could not be evaluated due to the unpredictable extinction of the network.

The revocation of BBCom’s GSM license, decided by the Council of Ministers on 2 August 2017, culminated in the sanctioning procedure initiated by the French Telecommunications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) on 6 March 2017 after A new finding of non-compliance by the telecommunications company of all its contractual obligations. On April 18, 2017, after a ninth financial penalty from the operator, the telecom regulator finally proposed, a few weeks later, to the government the revocation of the GSM license of BBCom.

Source: Agence Ecofin