SBIN was born from the ashes of Benin Telecom SA. The company is eagerly awaited to introduce competition in the mobile telephony segment currently shared between MTN Benin and Moov Africa Benin.
The Benin Digital Infrastructure Company (SBIN) will officially launch its activities on Friday, October 21. This is indicated by the chronogram of the 2022 edition of Benin’s Digital Week (SENUM), which takes place from October 17 to 21.
As a prelude to this launch on the general public market, the company has distinguished itself over the past few days with an advertising campaign and the installation of kiosks throughout the city of Cotonou. “ We will soon be at home ,” reads flocked signs in the blue and green colors of the SBIN, scattered across Cotonou. Last month, the company also made recruitments to expand its administrative, commercial, accounting and network departments.
The official launch of the activities of the SBIN will come to devote the process of operationalization of the public company started from 2020. The creation of this company on the ashes of Benin Telecom SA is part of the development strategy of the sector of the set up by the government of Benin. It includes in particular the restructuring of the public telecommunications operator and the promotion of a competitive environment.
The delegated management of the SBIN has been entrusted since July 2021 to the National Telecommunications Company (Sonatel) of Senegal, a subsidiary of Orange. With the support of the Beninese government, SBIN continues its march towards its goal of becoming the first global operator in Benin. Thus, in addition to its mission of managing digital infrastructures and wholesale capacity, the company will provide fixed and mobile electronic communications services, as well as mobile financial services.
On the mobile market, the company will come to compete with MTN Benin and Moov Africa Benin (Maroc Telecom) which have officially evolved into a duopoly since 2018, after the cessation of activities of Libercom SA (mobile subsidiary of Benin Telecoms SA) and the revocation of the license of Bell Benin Communications a year earlier. According to statistics from the Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) for the second quarter of 2022, MTN had 7.9 million mobile phone subscribers compared to 5.3 million for Moov Africa.