Mauritania Prepares For 4G Roll Out!
Eleven years after Mauritania telecommunications firm Chinguitel brought 3G to the country, Mauritania is planning to launch 4G. In addition to that, the Mauritanian government are planning to grant an operating license to a fourth operator.
The West African country is already home to three licensed telecoms service providers, namely Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel who all provide 2G and 3G services. This is the first 4G license issued in Mauritania.
The new provision “targets two types of licenses:” 4G “licenses, allowing the use of 4G technologies to provide electronic communications services that profit the operators who were already holding 2G / 3G licenses in Mauritania. The other license is called “2G / 3G / 4G to a new operator allowing them to utilise technologies 2,3 and 4G, for the provision of electronic communications services in the country.
Applicants will have to submit their paperwork to the regulator by 5 December 2018, and tender documents will be available at the cost of 100,000 Mauritanian Ouguiya (approximately US$3,000).
Experts speculate that the telecoms industry in Mauritania still has more than enough room for new operators. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Mauritania has approximately 92.2 mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 citizens while the mobile broadband subscriptions stood at 30.3%. The next successful bidder will be “to make second, third and fourth generation (2G, 3G and 4G) mobile electronic communications services available to the public.
Only 20.8% of the people of Mauritania are actively using the internet while only 14.3% of homes have internet access.
4G services have been rapidly rolled out across the African continent in countries such as Mozambique, The Gambia and Djibouti. This rise in 4G popularity is being caused by the increasing number of smartphone users in Africa coupled with decreasing device prices.
Mauritania is the latest to provide 4G to its citizens, and many other African countries are in line to follow suit as the service continues to expand.