Mauritania: operators have shunned the call for tenders opened by the government for the 4G license

The mobile operators, Mauritel, a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, Mattel, a subsidiary of Tunisie Telecom, and Chinguitel, a subsidiary of Sudatel, did not respond to the call for tenders issued by the French Telecom Authority. Regulatory Authority of Mauritania (ARE), October 2, 2018, for the licensing of the establishment and operation of fourth generation (4G) electronic communications networks and services.

Although the deadline for the submission of applications was 5 December 2018, the silence of the telecom companies had led the telecoms regulator to extend it until 09 January 2019.

It seems that the various telecom companies on the Mauritanian market are shunning the government that has decided to open the mobile phone segment to a fourth operator. On 2 October 2018, the AER, on the instructions of the government, had also issued a call for tenders for the award of a global license (2G / 3G / 4G), intended only for a new operator. This new player is an alternative to the poor quality of the services blamed on the three mobile operators.

The silence of the telecom operators could also have been accentuated by the global fine of 60.4 million ouguiyas which had been imposed at the beginning of the year. Mauritel, the leader of the national telecom market, in terms of market share, is fined 37.7 million new ouguiyas (902 446 euros). Mattel who comes second must pay the sum of 12 million new ouguiyas (287 251 euros) to the Treasury while Chinguitel will pay a sum of 10.7 million new ouguiyas (256 132 euros).

Source: Agence Ecofin