Moov Africa ordered to share its infrastructure with Airtel

Moov Africa ordered to share its infrastructure with Airtel
Moov Africa ordered to share its infrastructure with Airtel

(Agence Ecofin) – Last February, Moov Africa Gabon Télécom and Airtel Gabon had already committed to connecting 200 villages located in white areas. This will help reduce the digital divide in a country where around 1,253 villages have a deficit in mobile phone and Internet coverage.

Gabon’s Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) has ordered Moov Africa Gabon Télécom to immediately share its infrastructure with its competitor Airtel in certain regions of the country. The information was reported by the Gabonese Press Agency Tuesday, May 28.

The sharing will take place on the Makokou-Okondja and Okondja-Aboumi axis, in the provinces of Ogooué-Ivindo and Haut-Ogooué. André Obabalaka, assistant to the president of the ARCEP regulatory council, explained that all the sites built on this axis are exclusively operated by Moov Africa Gabon Télécom.

This initiative is part of the second phase of ARCEP’s universal service development project. In February 2024, Moov Africa Gabon Télécom and Airtel Gabon had already committed to connecting 200 villages located in white areas, still lacking mobile telephone and Internet services. The regulator estimates that around 1,253 villages containing 6.5% of the Gabonese population have a deficit in mobile telephone and Internet coverage.

Sharing infrastructure with Moov Africa should allow Airtel Gabon to extend the coverage of mobile telephone and mobile money (Airtel Money) services in Gabon. This will strengthen competition for the benefit of consumers and give people more choice.

According to ARCEP data, Moov Africa Gabon Télécom had 1.48 million mobile subscribers for a market share of 49.38%. Airtel has 1.52 million for a market share of 50.62%. In the Internet market, Moov Africa has a market share of 53.1%, compared to 44.5% for Airtel. The rest of the market is shared between Internet service providers.

Isaac K. Kassouwi

Also read:

03/27/2024 —Bharti Airtel CEO announces additional investments in connectivity in Gabon

02/21/2024 — Gabon: Moov Africa and Airtel want to connect 200 villages located in “white zones

01/04/2024 — Gabon obtains a $68.5 million loan from the World Bank to accelerate its digital transformation

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