South African Mobile operator MTN, has been awarded 3G licences in Cote d’Ivoire and Benin.
The Ivorian Minister of Post and Information Communication Technologies (PTIC) Bruno Koné made the announcement at a press conference in Abidjan.
MTN Cote d’Ivoire CEO Wim Vanhelleputte believes WACS will put Ivorian connectivity on par with the rest of the world.“This is a dream come true for many Ivorians whose internet access has been held back for a very long time. The cable will allow more Ivorians to enjoy fast access to the internet. We have already identified about 30% of subscribers who will be the first to experience and enjoy the 3G service,” says Vanhelleputte.
Meanwhile in Benin, MTN was granted a universal licence allowing the operator to provide mobile telecommunications services within an agreed frequency range without additional fees. This includes 3G, 4G, LTE, Wimax, Wi-Fi outdoor as well as the use of VoIP.
“MTN is the first and only operator in Benin with a license which allows the use of new generation technologies, such as 3G, 4G, LTE and Wimax. This presents a great opportunity to improve business communication solutions and other services to our customers, both in the consumer and corporate sectors. Customers are already eagerly waiting for the launch of new services using the new technology, and MTN Benin is working hard to ensure that our customers are not disappointed,” MTN Benin CEO Eric Tronel said.
“This is exciting news for our customers, as they will now enjoy the benefits of world-class connectivity. We are grateful to the governments of Cote d’Ivoire and Benin for enabling MTN to further enhance the experience of mobile telephony for our customers,” MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer Christian de Faria says.