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Ivory Coast: The government sets the renewal of the global telecom license to 100 billion CFA francs

During an audience granted November 13, 2015 the Director General of Orange, MTN and Moov, the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Bruno Koné Nabagne (photo), announced that the renewal of their licenses Telecom globales- one that gives them the right to market any type of mobile- technology cost them 100 billion CFA francs ($ 163 million). The new license will be valid for 15 years, unlike the old that ran 20 years for an amount of 40 billion CFA francs ($ 65 million). It is payable entirely to continue to enter the market.

Orange has acquired its telecom license in the country in 1996 must renew next year. Ditto for MTN which came on the Ivorian market in 2005 but which acquired the license for that Loteny Telecom, operating since 1996. Etisalat’s Moov which launched its activities in the country in 2006 after the acquisition a majority stake in Atlantique Telecom, he still has plenty of time prior to this operation.

However, telecom operators have tried to renew their telecom license fee too expensive and asked the government to review the downwards. According to them, their loads are too heavy with the investments they need to achieve constantly to improve network coverage and quality of services. Motion dismissed by the government believes they have great scope to recoup their investment and realize substantial profits in relation to the financial potential of the domestic market.

Small operators Comium CI, GreenN and Café Mobile, debtors to the government several billion CFA francs in various taxes were not guests at Bruno Koné Nabagne. Since April 2, 2015, they know the fate that awaits them. They need to merge to form a single entity or they will be out of the market. The government does not want small operators without great financial capacity and low quality service, has launched a call for expressions of interest for a fourth mobile license in the country. Applicants should have a proven reputation in the telecommunications sector.

Source: Ecofin

Côte d’Ivoire: ARTCI publishes the results of its audit on the quality of service operators

The ARTCI communicated to the Ecofin Agency the results of its audit on the quality of service of mobile operators in respect of 2014.

In category 2G is MTN which generally has the best results with the 2nd lowest of poor communications rate (4.23%, the first being GreenN with 3.99%), the lowest rate of cuts call (0.34%), the lowest call failure rate (0.58%) and the best SMS rates received within less than 30 seconds (99.67%).

Orange CI does it better than the rate of network downtime (4.08% against 4.42% for MTN). Note that Café Mobile collapses completely with a communications rate of 64.35% of poor quality.

In the 3G category, it is Moov which is in the lead with a flow receiving 2331.4 kb / s and transmission of 758 kb / s.

Champion of 2G, MTN has the worst results of 3G.

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Source: EcoFin

Cote d’Ivoire: MTN & Ericsson ink e-waste disposal partnership in Côte D’Ivoire

Ericsson and MTN Côte d’Ivoire have announced a partnership to drive the awareness and collection of electronic waste (e-waste). This initiative is a first of its kind in the country, and will be launched October 7, 2015 in Abidjan.

The campaign which is guided by Ericsson’s Ecology Management Program is geared towards creating awareness, changing behavior and minimizing the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical and electronic equipment.

According to UN StEP (Solving the global E-Waste Problem), by 2017 global e-waste will reach 65.4 million tonnes, one-third higher than in 2012. Poorly disposed or recycled e-waste is an under acknowledged environmental hazard around the world, which has dire consequences on people’s health, welfare and living conditions. West Africa is reportedly one of the worst hit regions in the world, as large quantities of end of life materials disposed globally are dumped here, often illegally. This project provides a sound platform for raising awareness of this issue among the general population as well as with key government and business stakeholders.

Mr. Freddy TCHALA, CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire: “The electronic waste collection campaign initiated as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy is special as it will raise awareness of the harmful effects of electrical and electronic waste on the environment and the quality of life. Collection depots will be provided to safely and securely collect decommissioned electrical and electronic equipment and sent out of Côte d’Ivoire to be recycled by a specialist company”.

Beyond creating awareness, MTN and Ericsson will unveil a collection depot at a select location in the city capital of Abidjan. Locals are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to rid their homes and environs of electronic waste, especially household telecom equipment such as computers, phones, routers, printers, cables, TVs, radios etc . A number of prizes and other incentives will be on offer to individuals who participate in the program and hand in old or broken electronic equipment.

Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Region, sub-Saharan: We have been in the business of connecting communities in Africa for over 100 years, and continue to build the Networked Society in Africa today. Our global Ecology Management Program seeks to safeguard the environment for our future business and Africa’s future generations by ensuring that our obsolete technology and that of our customers are handled and treated in an environmentally sound manner – we ensure that more than 95% of the materials in products taken back are recycled. This exceptional partnership with MTN extends this service to the wider community, offering the people of Côte d’Ivoire the opportunity to do the right thing and ensure their e-waste is not impacting negatively the environment.”

As part of the company’s extended producer responsibility, Ericsson globally provides free product retrieval and safe disposal services to all customers, for equipment that has reached its shelf life. The company continues to expand its ecology management program involving more countries and increasing take-back volumes for its customers. In January 2015 a similar project was run by Ericsson and MTN Benin.

Source: IT News Africa

Ivory Coast: calls for expressions of interest for a network operating license and mobile services

The State of Côte d’Ivoire in its efforts to liberalize the telecommunications sector and to ensure a competitive industry, has awarded to date a total of seven (7) licenses of operators to supply mobile phone services throughout the Ivorian territory.

Two decades after the liberalization of the sector and following an analysis of the environment of this market, the State, in order to revitalize the market of Telecommunications / ICT services, especially the segment of mobile telephony, with better optimizing the use of spectrum resources, has decided to issue for the future of global type of licenses and limit them to four.

The Government has therefore decided to carry out a consolidation of the market through:

The operators’ license renewals active and in good standing with respect to all of their contractual commitments vis-à-vis the Regulatory Authority and State; 

the granting of a license to an operator capable of taking an active part in the development of Ivorian market Telecommunications. 

– OBJECTIVES

General Purpose

In general, this project will help the State of Côte d’Ivoire’s desire to transform the current landscape in a truly competitive market for the benefit of users and industry, and contribute to:

a revitalization of the telecommunications services market in general and services of mobile telephony in particular, to generate new investments in the telecommunications sector;
the consolidation of the mobile industry reference with 4 operators to healthy competition; 

optimal redistribution of spectrum resources to promote an increased supply of broadband services for the benefit of all consumers. 

Objectives of the call for expressions of interest 


The purpose of this call for expressions of interest is to make a shortlist of interested corporations to operate a telecommunications network for the supply of all types of services in Ivory Coast, including mobile and fixed telephony, capacity transmitting the data, and access to the Internet. To enable interested persons and prequalified operators in terms of their expression of interest to present, in a second step, an application accompanied by an offer, draft tender documents to be annexed to the license object of this call for expressions of interest, may be withdrawn from the Regulatory Authority of Telecommunications / ICT Ivory Coast (ARTCI). 


– CALL TARGETS FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

This call for expression of interest is aimed primarily at companies that own or with partners, proven experience in the provision of telecommunication / ICT services.

– APPRAISAL OF PROPOSALS CRITERIA

The screening of operators wishing to participate in the competition for licenses, subject of this call for expressions of interest will be primarily based on the reputation and freely displayed by interested ambitions.

– PARTS OF CONSTITUENT FILE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

All parts of the response file to this call for expressions of interest must be fully written in French and must contain the following elements:

Detailed identification of the tenderer and a presentation of his experience; 

The letter of expression of interest, clearly presenting the intentions of the bidder, its concerns and recommendations; 

attachments, if any, to verify the statements of the bidder. 

– DEPOSIT OF INTEREST EVENTS CALENDAR 


Responses to this call for expressions of interest must be filed on or before September 30, 2015 with the ARTCI email, and accompanied by signed paper original documents. 

The short list will be finalized October 10, 2015. 

Shortlisted operators will have a period of one month to finalize their submission. 

Incomplete or late applications will be rejected. 

The records are deposited at the following contacts:
Email: courrier@artci.ci and sanogo.bassoumarifou@artci.ci;

Postal address: 18 BP 2203 Abidjan;

Stop shop for ARTCI located at headquarters ARTCI Anoumanbo Marcory, Abidjan. 


Inquiries addressed by bidders to Mr. Sanogo Bassoumarifou; email: sanogo.bassoumarifou@artci.ci, tel: + (225) 20 34 42 56

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast, Orange: Stéphane Richard makes key announcments

the CEO of French telecom group Orange, Stéphane Richard, paid a working visit to Cote d’Ivoire. He met Alassane Ouattara, the president of the Ivorian Republic. Following this hearing, the boss of Orange Telecom announced that the group will build a headquarters in Abidjan worth 15 billion CFA francs. The land is to house the building has already been chosen. A competition of local architects has even been launched for this purpose.

Accompanied by Axelle Lemaire, the French Secretary of State in charge of digital, Stéphane Richard also announced the launch of Orange Collection, the first mobile platform crowdfunding via Orange Money in Africa.

Orange Collection will allow individuals and associations to raise funds to finance personal or joint projects. For Orange CEO, quoted by the website of Ivorian Koaci information, the service “Orange collection is not a commercial approach, although it can be used for commercial purposes. This is the best embodiment of what the digital background can bring progress to the humanization of our societies and improving the daily lives of people. ”

Beyond the many projects announced by Orange, the second visit of Stéphane Richard in Ivory Coast, after that of 2011, mainly marks the implementation of the strategic plan “Essentials 2020”. Introduced as the new vision of the international company, based on the digital revolution, it is heavily in improving broadband connectivity and innovative services to which it provides access.

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast: LAP GreeN announced nearly $150 million investment to regain telecom market

The mobile operator LAP GreeN, saved from forced merger with Comium and Café Mobile, announced the next investment of nearly $ 150 million to reclaim the Ivorian telecoms market. According to an inside source at LAP GreeN Ivory Coast, quoted by the web platform Ivorian Connection, the money will be used among others to improve its national network coverage from 42% to almost 75% by 2016.

LAP GreeN Ivory Coast owes to the Ivorian state the sum of 8.89 billion CFA francs, representing various defaults including taxes. This debt will be settled by the Postal and Telecommunications Company of Libya computer (LPTIC) under the authority of which the telecom operator has been placed on making the new Libyan authorities that wish to retain the telecom assets of countries in sub -saharienne.

With around 23 million consumers, the Ivorian telecoms market is expected to experience more competition by next year. The rise in the ring LAP GreeN facing Orange, MTN and Etisalat is good news for consumers who see a further fall in prices.

Comium could redo his comeback and further harden the market competition. The company is still negotiating with the redemption Globacom Nigeria.

Source: Ecofin

Ivory Coast: Bruno Koné denies nationalization Comium, Café Mobile GreenN

On 25 June 2015, following a cabinet meeting chaired by Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the Ecofin Agency, citing Bruno Nabagné Kone, minister of technology information and communication and spokesman of the government, announced the nationalization of telecom operators Comium, Café GreenN Mobile and ahead of their merger. Following this information, Nabagne Bruno Koné brought a denial, saying he was misunderstood in his remarks.

For Minister of telecoms, small operators will not be torn from the hands of their owners by the state, but the debt of each to the state will be converted into shares after the value of each company was evaluated.

The objective of the state in doing so is to cover otherwise the debts of small operators who are not able to resolve. With this configuration, the shareholders of Comium, Café Mobile GreenN retain a say in their business, but this time alongside the state with the fusing well. The newly formed entity will then be transferred to 51% for investors with adequate financial and technical resources.

The new telecom company formed by the merger of Comium, Café Mobile GreenN bring six to four the number of operators on the Ivorian telecoms market. This settling of the landscape should create a more competitive balance.

Source: EcoFin

Cote d’Ivoire: The Ivorian government nationalized GreenN, Café Comium Mobile and in expectation of their merger

The operators of mobile telephony GreenN, Café Mobile and Comium were nationalized before their merger into a single entity. This means that their property was transferred to the State. This is Nabagne Bruno Kone (pictured), the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, which gave this information after the cabinet meeting of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, chaired by the President of the Republic Alassane Ouattara, held June 24, 2015 in Abidjan.

The Minister of Telecom indicated that once formed a single operator, the government of Côte d’Ivoire seek technical and financial partner to acquire the majority of shares in the new telecom company. The objective of this plan explains Bruno Koné Nabagne, is to pay the state to small operators who are in debt to the tune of several billion CFA francs representing taxes and unpaid license fees. On 2 April 2015 the Regulatory Board of the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications / ICT Ivory Coast had established that the State must Comium 32,987,430,629 CFA francs; 27,752,977,273 FCFA for Warid while Niamoutié (Café Mobile) must pay FCFA 21,465,806,915 and 8,899,968,748 FCFA for Oricel (GreenN). In total: 91,106,183,565 CFA francs due to the State.

The Indian group Bharti Airtel and Globacom Nigeria have already expressed interest in the new entity that wants to form the government of Côte d’Ivoire. This ensures that the jobs of the staff of these telecom companies will be preserved. The nationalization of GreenN, Café Comium Mobile and comes just days after the expiration of the ultimatum served to these companies by the state. Indeed, March 4, 2015, the government had given them until the beginning of June 2015 to merge if they do not want to see their discontinued and withdrawn licenses for certain.

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast nationalises three mobile operators over back taxes

Ivory Coast has nationalised three mobile telecommunications operators, saying they owe taxes and license fees, and plans to merge them into a single company before seeking a partner to take a majority stake, it said on Wednesday.

Communications Minister Bruno Kone said the companies, Libya’s Green, the local unit of Lebanon-based Comium and Ivorian operator Cafe Mobile, had been given a May 5 deadline to pay around 90 billion CFA francs ($155 million) they owe to the state.

“We decided to fuse the defaulting companies to make a single entity that we will restructure and seek a financial and technical partner … to take 51 percent of the new company,” Kone told journalists.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting in the commercial capital Abidjan, Kone said the plan aimed to reimburse the state for the lost tax revenues while preserving the jobs of the three companies’ employees.

“We want to move quickly and I can tell you that we already have offers. But we will discuss it and arrive at a deal beneficial to the state and the future operator,” he said.

Two officials from operators being nationalised under the plan said India’s Bharti Airtel Limited and Nigeria’s Globacom Limited were among those that had shown interest in taking a stake in the new company.

Ivory Coast, French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy, has a population of 23 million and an equal number of mobile phone subscribers.

Together, Green and Comium had less than 1.5 million customers, according the most recent data from Ivory Coast’s telecommunications regulator. Cafe Mobile suspended services last year.

Kone said the government had also revoked an unused operating license owned by Abu Dhabi-based Warid Telecom.

Ivory Coast’s remaining operators are led by France’s Orange followed by South Africa’s MTN, Etisalat’s Moov.

Source: CNBC Africa

Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire sign 4 agreements in the fields of Post and ICT

The days of Tunisian-Ivorian digital Partnership will be held from 1 to 4 June 2015 Gammart, in the northern suburbs of Tunis. Several officials of public enterprises Ivorian take part alongside private entrepreneurs in the ICT sector. During the meeting B to B, four partnership agreements were signed between Tunisia and Ivory Coast in the areas of Computer, ICT and digital transmission of knowledge.

Nabagné Bruno Koné, the Ivorian Minister of Post and ICT, head of the Ivorian delegation, welcomed the agreements as ” the linking of economic operators of the two countries will surely create a framework for cooperation will bear fruits in the future . ” For Noomène Fheri, Tunisian Minister of ICT, this collaboration between Tunisia and Ivory Coast reflects ” our pan-African vision which must be materialized through ICT and we work in this framework to be traders operating in this sector network . ”

Besides the four agreements signed between Tunisia and the Ivory Coast, Noomène Fheri said his country will provide 30 scholarships to Ivorian students pursuing studies in the field of ICT in Tunisia. An agreement on the promotion and protection of investments was also signed between the El Ghazala pole and the village of information technology and biotechnology in Ivory Coast (VITIB).

Source: EcoFin

Côte d’Ivoire: Tchala Freddy is the new CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire

It was confirmed by updating his LinkedIn profile. The Cameroonian Freddy Tchala, is the new CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire. The former CEO of MTN Congo replaces the Belgian Wim Vanhelleputte who resigned May 16, 2015 after six years at the head of the Ivorian subsidiary of South Africa’s MTN. There are three days now, ICT Mag, the news portal for ICT and Telecoms in Central Africa, based on a tweet of Cameroon, indicated that Freddy Tchalla is the new CEO of MTN CI. ” New Venture, Same Great Brand New Great Country , “he wrote then without precision 29 May 2015 on the microblogging site Twitter. Hear, ” New adventure, even great brand, great country again . ” This 02 June 2015, on his LinkedIn profile can now read “Current: CEO at MTN Côte d’Ivoire. Previous: CEO MTN CONGO, CEO MTN Guinea, CMO MTN Cameroon. ”

Meanwhile the official press MTN, the former CEO of MTN Congo will drop his bags in Abidjan. The MTN Group, Freddy knows very well, as Côte d’Ivoire will be the third country where he officiates as CEO of MTN. He has been CEO of MTN Guinea from September 2008 to July 2011. Either two years and 11 months at the head of this subsidiary of MTN Group. After his stay in Guinea, it will be affected in Congo Brazzaville in July 2011. Post he still holds today awaiting the official statement announcing the group as CEO of MTN CI.

Freddy Tchala also worked at MTN in his home country Cameroon. He held the position of Director of Marketing MTN Cameroon for three years from September 2005 to October 2008. This having been alternately Trade Marketing Manager (September 2002-January 2004) and Custom Segment Manager (January 2004-September 2005 ). Making a total of six years and four months to MTN Cameroon.

Prior to joining MTN Cameroon, a former student of the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC, Yaoundé) had worked for the British American Tobacco where he held the position of Strategic Brand Manager from January 1999 to April 2002. At the ‘UCAC, Freddy Tchala studied Marketing, Social Sciences, Finance and even econometrics. His former associates say about him that it is not only a modern manager, but also a competent and hardworking. Sekou Mohamed, Call center supervisor MTN Guinea has for example worked with him when he officiated at MTN Guinea asserts that ” Freddy is an exemplary manager who master the techniques of communication and marketing not forgetting his leadership and intelligence very fine . ”

In Congo, MTN, second operator in the country, celebrated its 15 years of presence on 1 May 2015. According to the Central African News Agency, in 15 years the capital of MTN Congo has risen to 10 million 11 billion CFA francs, with a market share grew by 30-50%, from twenty sites between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire to nearly 500 sites throughout the country.

Freddy Tchala therefore start from a country where MTN is the second player in the market for a country where MTN is the market leader. In the magazine Telecom Network Network , Wim, his predecessor, recently said that “2014 was an extraordinary year for us because we received several recognitions including price ATP Awards for Best Operator West Africa . Also, the regulator has confirmed for the second consecutive year as the best telecom network in Côte d’Ivoire. So it is objective evidence of our quality and our performance but beyond all that, in 2014, we surpassed the 8 million subscribers. These are 8 million consumers daily who trust us. It’s good because it continues to seek growth in a market that is beginning more and more to reach its saturation level . ”

A new challenge so as Freddy recognizes itself, as it will maintain leadership and face competition.

Source: EcoFin

Côte d’Ivoire: All the personal data of users must declare to the ARTCI

To ensure effective protection of privacy and individual freedoms in the ICT environment in Côte d’Ivoire, ARTCI, pursuant to Law No. 2013- 450 of 19 June 2013 on the protection of personal data, is to verify the legality of the collection and use of all personal data and to ensure that all precautions are taken to prevent data from being altered, stolen, sold or disclosed to unauthorized persons.

In this perspective, the ARTCI asked public and private organizations responsible for processing proceed as quickly as possible to its services to statements treatments involving personal data below:

files or databases (staff, clients, users, subscribers patients, pupils or students, etc.)
personal data transfers Ivorians abroad
direct marketing (SMS, email, etc.)
biometrics (photographs, fingerprints, DNA, etc.)
CCTV or geolocation systems
etc.
Now any personal data processing must be subject to prior notification or authorization from the ARTCI. Any individual may seize the ARTCI to verify or challenge the legality of a treatment on its data.

Anyone who is processing personal data by fraudulent, unfair or illicit commits a criminal offense. For information, please contact the ARTCI at 20 34 43 73 / 28 27 July 97 and ask the Legal Affairs Directorate.

Source: EcoFin

Cote d’Ivoire: Govt pushes for formal Orange, CI-Telecom merger

The Ivorian government has reportedly urged fixed line incumbent Cote d’Ivoire Telecom (CI-Telecom) and its sister company Orange Cote d’Ivoire to work towards a formal merger, citing the industry trend for convergence. Following a meeting chaired by president Alassane Ouattara, it was decided that the two businesses – which remain separate business entities with different shareholder structures – should ‘take appropriate measures to follow up the implementation of the proposed merger as quickly as possible, while safeguarding the best interests of the state’. Agence Ecofin claims that the major shareholders of both companies have agreed in principle to the plan, and are committed to a transparent merger process.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange Group (formerly France Telecom) owns and controls 85% of Orange Cote d’Ivoire. The remainder of the company is owned by SIFCOM. Meanwhile, CI-Telecom is controlled by Orange Group (51.00%), via its 90%-owned France Cables et Radio (FCR) unit. The Cote d’Ivoire government (48.47%) and current and former employees (0.53%) hold the remainder of the company’s shares.

Source: TeleGeography

Ivory Coast: Wim Vanhelleputte, Dg MTN, resigned

The Director General of mobile operator MTN Côte d’Ivoire, Wim Vanhelleputte (photo), has put an end to his functions as head of the company he has led for six years. According to the website FinancialAfrik this sudden departure would result from refusal by the MTN Group to revise the conditions for renewal of his employment contract. Taken aback by this unexpected resignation, general management MTN reportedly asked Wim Vanhelleputte still retain his former position for a month and a half, the time to prepare his succession.

Wim Vanhelleputte joined MTN Côte d’Ivoire in 2009. He leaves a leading company in the telecom market with more than eight million subscribers at December 31, 2014, in front of his rival, Orange. With him at the helm, the Ivorian subsidiary of MTN Group, which was a simple mobile phone company has become a global operator. The company acquired Arobase Afnet and then invested in fiber optics, providing the bandwidth and the mobile Internet.

Today, MTN Ivory Coast is rich in fiber network in Abidjan and in the interior of the country, over 300 telecom stations 3G datas centers in Yopougon and Bingerville, many financial products MTN Mobile Money. For 2015, many innovations were announced. They will therefore be under the supervision of someone else.

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina faso: Morocco Telecom initiated the connection from Bamako to Abidjan and Ouagadougou fiber optic

Installation work of a fiber optic network that will link the city of Bamako, Mali, to the cities of Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso Ouagadougou, started since February 22 2015. They were initiated by the operator Morocco Telecom , through its subsidiary Sotelma-Malitel. The investment cost for the completion of this work was estimated at 6 million euros (4 billion CFA francs), fully insured by Morocco Telecom.

The project, which extends over 1064 km is considered the first step for the realization of Trans-cable project that starts from Agadir, continuing with Rabat, Laayoune and Dakhla, in the Moroccan-Mauritanian border to Fada N’Gourma on the border between Burkina Faso and Niger. This vast network, along 5465 km, will be equipped with 24 optical fibers. Its construction cost was estimated at around EUR 20 million.

Its final objective is to facilitate people’s access to broadband, increase the power of the telecommunication traffic flow, improve the quality of links that coastal countries are Morocco and Mauritania, as well as the landlocked countries of the Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Cote d’Ivory: The ARTCI took stock of fixed sector, mobile and Internet Ivory Coast for 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority / Tic Ivory Coast (Artci) has published the national telecom market indicators for 2014. Segmented into three parts: Fixed, mobile and Internet, Figures released by the telecom regulator reveal the fortunes of the companies engaged in this sector.

In the segment of fixed telephony, Cote d’Ivoire Telecom remains largely dominant face of the company ‘Symbol. Of the 242,684 subscribers account that sector, the incumbent held 231,185 customers, representing 95.26% of market share. Its smaller competitor, with its 4.74% market share, recorded only 11,499 consumers. These are 15,466,963,000 FCFA both fixed line companies have spent in this segment for a total turnover of 179 206 775 000 CFA francs.

In the mobile segment, Mobile Café was not considered by the telecom regulator. Orange , MTN , Moov, Comium Green and thus represented a total of 22,104,575 consumers. This is Orange who was leader with 8 781 1690 subscribers, representing 39.73% of market share. MTN with its 7,975,145 customers held 36.08% market share. Moov recorded 3606 433. Comium occupied the 4th place with 892,272 subscribers while Green brought up the rear with 849,565 customers. The segment, overall, benefited from an investment of 105,528,307,000 CFA francs for a total turnover of 783 888 154 000 CFA francs.

Finally, in the Internet segment had a total of 5,232,900 visitors, divided into two markets, the Broadband has remained a minor market with 2.37% market share in the face of 3G mobile Internet.

In the fixed, representing 124,182 users, AFNET was leading with 61,171 visitors, followed by Aviso with 58,258 subscribers. YooMee held 2,700 customers while VIPNET recorded 1879. These subscribers represent consumers of wired and wireless Internet.

In terms of mobile Internet 3G, representing 97.63% of the Internet market is 5,108,718 subscribers were counted. Here is MTN who won the largest market share with 3,057,516 subscribers, followed by Orange with 1,619,891 customers and with Moov 431 311 consumers. Subscribers represented clients on mobile and Internet key.

Source: EcoFin

Côte d’Ivoire: Comium-CI operator placed under receivership

April 23, 2015, the hearing of collective proceedings for wiping off debts of several companies made several decisions. It named the decision on the mobile operator Comium IT.

The company that shows a debt of 15 billion CFA francs, representing the remainder of the financial contribution of its license and more than 17 billion CFA francs for other breaches of the set of specifications, has been placed under receivership. This is Appa N’guessan wife Brigitte Lepry, judge at commercial court of Abidjan, which will be responsible to conduct this operation.

The Comium-CI company is part of telecom companies that the government called to merge before the month of June. Comium-CI refuses this procedure. But its debt gives little means to oppose the will of the government. A notice of the Coast Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Ivoire (Artci) it was also served and gives the company until May 15 to pay its debts if it is to continue to operate as a entity.

Faced with financial difficulties of the company and uncertainty over the settlement of its debts, Comium-CI employees consider forming a group to meet with Nigerian businessman Mike Adenuga, the founder of Globacom. They would offer to buy Comium-CI, operator for which he had already expressed interest.

Source: EcoFin

Cote d’Ivoire: IP deploying FTTH for neighbourhoods via franchise model

Cote d’Ivoire-based start-up company Ivoire IP, established in November 2013, has announced that it will be deploying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband access services via a commercial franchise distribution system under the Kouzin banner, Agence Ecofin reports. Franchisees can sign up to distribute the FTTH service in specific zones, with the proposition already open for neighbourhoods in Abidjan. According to Ivoire IP’s website, each ‘Kouzin Distributor’ will acquire a share in the FTTH operation and receive 30% commission in return for subscribing to a ‘minimum 10 hectares’ exclusive distribution zone (at minimum cost of XOF15 million [USD25,000]). Ivoire IP is promising that its network will offer 100Mbps connections for residential, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and small office/home office (SOHO) customers, plus dedicated bandwidth of between 100Mbps and 2.5Gbps for corporates. Unlimited data usage packages/add-ons will reportedly range in price from XOF200 to XOF20,000, with validity ranging from one hour to one month.

Source: TeleGeography

Côte d’Ivoire: Orange & Airtel enable international money transfers in Côte d’Ivoire

According to Orange, consumers utilising Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa.

This partnership between Orange and Airtel enables Orange consumers to send and receive money to or from people based in a country outside the Group’s footprint. Additionally, according to Orange, this is the first time that people living in Burkina Faso will be able to send money to contacts in Côte d’Ivoire using their mobile phones.

This partnership builds on the existing “Orange Money International Transfer” offer, which enables Orange Money customers based in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali to carry out cross-border money transfers. Since its introduction in July 2013, the service has been a considerable success with over 200,000 users to date.

“Following the launch of Orange Money International Transfer between Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, we want to develop new ways to allow our customers to send and receive money between countries in the West African Economic and Monetary Union. We are very happy to launch this service between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, which meets one of the region’s biggest needs,” said Thierry Millet, Orange’s Senior VP Mobile Financial Services and NFC.

With “Orange Money International Transfer”, Orange Money customers can easily use their mobile phones to transfer electronic money in real-time. The customer simply connects to his or her Orange Money account on their mobile phone, and enters the recipient’s number and the amount to be sent. Funds are then immediately available in the mobile wallet of the beneficiary, who can then pay bills, purchase goods or make transfers from wherever they are, or make a withdrawal at any nearby Orange Money distribution point. The same applies to Airtel customers based in Burkina Faso using their own mobile wallets.

Orange Money is currently available in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East and currently has over 13 million customers.

Source: IT News Africa

Ivory Coast: Koz / Comium, Green, Mobile Coffee and Wari have three months to merge

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire served a three-month ultimatum to mobile operators Koz / Comium, Green, Coffee and mobile Wari to merge into a single telecom operator. Nabagné Bruno Koné (photo), the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, announced after the cabinet held on Wednesday. The objective of this merger “operators failed “is the consolidation in the mobile telephony sector and optimizing the use of spectrum resources.

” For those who follow the activities of this ministry, you have heard several times the Ministry propose to reduce the number of operators and above all to ensure that operators who do not meet their specifications, which are not update their commitments gradually exit the market, to allow the market to become more readable, understandable, stronger (…) The option taken is not the outright withdrawal of licenses that are granted to operators difficulties. The proposal made ​​to them, to make a coalition government that would accompany to constitute the fourth operator in the mobile telephony market in Ivory Coast , “said Bruno Nabagné Koné.

“It’s been over a year since we alerted the operators concerned. This is not something that will surprise them, “said the Minister of ICT, adding that the” government will then send them a notice.”

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast: MTN Côte d’Ivoire to broadcast live TV channels on smartphones

MTN has confirmed a partnership with Summview in order to launch a new service dubbed “MTN TV” on mobile devices. MTN Côte d’Ivoire is now expected to offer users access to a set number of live TV channels as well as on-demand content.

According to MTN Côte d’Ivoire an application is already available, and can be found on the MTN CI website. Alternatively, the application is available on the Google PlayStore. According to the mobile operator, users can essentially subscribe to the services for either a day, a week, or a month.

At the reveal, MTN Côte d’Ivoire stated that the initiative would have been impossible without the platform developed by Summview. Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire, stated that: “With MTN TV, MTN Côte d’Ivoire essentially expands its range of services and mobile applications as well as provides its subscribers with an offering of quality content, information as well as entertainment on mobile. Summview allowed us to master the costs and secure the roll-out. By deploying this new service, MTN continues its actions to offer its customers a new digital world and contributes to the emergence of a digital Ivory Coast.”

The first five international channels accessible on MTN TV are France 24, Al Jazeera, Trace Africa, Bblack and TIJI.

Source: IT News Africa

Côte d’Ivoire: Government to remove the telecom license “with missing traders”

The government of Ivory Coast is determined to carry out a reform in its national telecommunications industry. February 5, 2015, during a press conference to take stock of his ministry in 2014 and discuss the outlook for the new year, Nabagné Bruno Kone, the Ivorian Minister of Post, Information technologies and communication (ICT) has reiterated the commitment of the State to reduce the number of operators on the market.

For this, it was decided ” the outright withdrawal of licenses deemed missing traders, which represent only 6% of the market , “said the minister stressed that” a market with four operators sells better than a market with seven operators . ” By withdrawing some telecom license, Nabagné Bruno Koné believes that it is also a way to put all operators on the same footing as ” pay their license and some others do not pay . ” According to the government proposal, operators who have lost their licenses could be merged into a single operator, the higher competitive.

In Ivory Coast, MTN , Orange , Moov of Morocco Telecom , Comium, Green, Mobile Coffee and Wari dispute the telecom market of nearly 21 million subscribers. MTN, Orange and Moov confiscate more than 90% of the sector while other operators scrape by somehow.

For a sector that accounts for 20% of GDP, it is clear that the government wants to grow through four dynamic operators instead of seven including several in pain, prefers oust the “failed”.

Source: EcoFin

Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire: Lonestar Cell dismisses accusation of ‘illegal’ Cote d’Ivoire telecom link

MTN Liberia (Lonestar Cell) has dismissed a ‘leaked’ Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) report which suggests that it is illegally receiving broadband data capacity from Cote d’Ivoire. The cellco, part of MTN Group, has emphatically denied the accusation which relates to a supposed re-commissioning of a telecommunications dish located in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County. In a press release, Monrovia-based Lonestar Cell acknowledged that while the terms of its International Gateway Licence afford it rights to establish satellite and other links with international carriers and networks, it has not yet done so. The LTA issued it with the gateway licence and the operator says it has written to the regulator to inform it of its intent to reconnect the previously decommissioned dish.

Source: TeleGeography

Cote d’Ivoire: MTN assumes the title of Cote d’Ivoire leading operator with 8 million subscribers

In a statement, the mobile operator MTN CI proudly announced to have reached the threshold of eight million subscribers to mobile telephony. Through this figure, which would be contained in the preliminary results of a study on the national telecom market conducted in the last quarter of 2014 by an independent firm, the telecom company considers ” the leader of the national telecom market . ”

According to Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN CI is the 29 December 2014 that the mobile subscriber base of the company reached 8 million customers, ” making the largest operator MTN Telecom Coast Ivory “. The quality of the MTN network was recognized ” as the best on the Ivorian market for the second consecutive year , “says Wim Vanhelleputte explains that these are the strengths that have earned the company various disctinctions, including the award for Best Operator Voice of West Africa in 2014, during the Africa Telecom People (ATP) in December.

Wim Vanhelleputte, results and distinction awarded to MTN CI confirm the leadership of the telecom company on the national and regional market. A position that is considered the best gift that employees and customers could do for the company when it is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its presence in the country. MTN moved to Ivory Coast on 1 July 2005, having acquired a majority shareholding in Access Telecom in the capital of Loteny Telecom.

2015 MTN announces major innovations to continue building the new digital world that promises its subscribers. The company appears to have started to prepare the ground in 2014 through the installation in Yopougon and Bingerville first two data centers new generation Côte d’Ivoire, the expansion of its fiber optic network, extending its networks 2 G and 3 G, modernization of the access network (all-IP) and network modernization heart.

Source: EcoFin

Ivory Coast: The state has approved the acquisition of Moov by Morocco Telecom

President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, chaired the first cabinet meeting of 2015 on January 7, 2015. After this working meeting with his ministers, several decisions were taken including the decree which approves, ” according to the regulations in force in the Information Technology sector and Communication, the acquisition by Morocco Telecom in the capital of Ivory Coast Atlantique Telecom (MOOV CI) “.

After the acquisition by Etisalat of 53% of Vivendi Telecom in Morocco, taking control of the incumbent of the Kingdom of Morocco, Emirati Telecom Group sold some of its African operations, including mobile operator Atlantique Telecom, which operates under the brand Moov CI, his partner. But such agreements are not only about the companies that negotiate. Above all, they require the approval of the countries where they operate because they have a direct impact on the national economy.

The State of Côte d’Ivoire, which guarantees the preservation of national economic interests had to ensure that the change of management in Atlantique Telecom presents no harm to the country. Its approval, which means that it will not, officially translated takeover Moov CI by Morocco Telecom.

Source: agenceecofin