More Africa NewsMauritania: rival of Mauritel and Chinguitel, Mattel has started extending its 4G coverage

December 1, 2021by myles0

Nine months after its official launch in Mauritania, Mattel’s 4G already covers five cities in the country. The telecoms company has planned to intensify its efforts to develop its presence in the various wilayas.

The mobile operator Mattel, a subsidiary of Tunisie Telecom in Mauritania, announced Friday, November 26, the extension of its 4G coverage beyond Nouakchott. The high-speed network that was launched in the capital at the same time as Nouadhibou is now available in four other towns, namely Zouerate, Rosso, Akjoujt and Atar.

According to Mattel, this extension of its 4G coverage, which took place as part of the celebrations for the 61st anniversary of Mauritania’s independence, will allow more people to experience better Internet comfort.

When 4G launched in the country last January, Mattel said that the introduction of the new service would be accompanied by a new catalog of Internet offers to suit all needs and at the best prices. The company had even announced the strengthening of the support system for its customers to facilitate better access to broadband.

It is since 2019 that Mauritanians should have enjoyed 4G. But the first call for tenders for the award of the license for the establishment and operation of networks intended for the provision of fourth-generation mobile communications services open to the public, launched in October 2018 by the Authority of regulation of Mauritania (ARE), had been shunned by telecom operators. We had to wait for the call for tenders of February 11, 2019.

It has been nine months since Mattel, like Mauritel, entered the 4G segment, with Chinguitel entering this segment last August. The companies had all obtained their operating license in October 2020. Mattel affirmed that its 4G deployment program is continuing to cover all the wilayas of Mauritania and thus contribute to the national strategy of promotion of broadband and the transformation digital country. 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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