More Africa NewsMali: 4th telecoms operator will be considered if data prices remain not very affordable

May 13, 2021by myles0
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The Internet has become an essential resource for development in Africa. In Mali, the state is discussing with telecom operators for lower costs. He does not rule out strong measures if they refuse to listen to reason.

Mali’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Hamadoun Touré said on Sunday May 9 that the government will consider entering the national market of a fourth mobile operator if prices for telecom services remain low affordable. According to maliweb.net , he said so during the press conference he chaired as part of the launch of the digital week which will be held from May 17 to 24.

Hamadoun Touré indicated that discussions have been held with telecom service providers for a fall in the cost of Internet access. He added that the ministry for which he is responsible is trying to convince operators that the fall in costs will not lead to a decrease in their profits, but on the contrary will cause them to increase with the increase in the number of users attracted. .

The demand for affordable quality connectivity has grown in Mali as it has in several African countries. The lower costs that the Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy wants are the result of the government’s desire to give more Malians access to the opportunities offered by the Internet. In its report “Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021: The Cost of 1GB of Mobile Data in 230 Countries”, Cable.co.uk places Mali in the range of African countries where the average cost of gigabit is still quite expensive. Or $ 3.28.

With more affordable data, Hamadoun Touré is certain that the government will be able to achieve its ambition of bringing Mali into the top 10 of the most digitalized countries on the continent. Better Internet access will contribute to economic development, in particular by supporting the development of the innovation industry, job creation, etc. 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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