New Telco, Mobilis Receives Operating License In Mali
Mobilis, a division of Algeria Telecom, is on the path to becoming the newest entrant into Mali’s telecommunications market after bagging a global operating license to launch its services in the country.
The license that was secured for an undisclosed amount will see Mobilis providing 2G, 3G and 4G services across the West African country.
Modibo Arouna Toure, Mali’s Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, announced that Mobilis had secured Mali’s fourth telecommunications license under a preliminary contract with the government and stated that the full terms are yet to be negotiated.
The Minister added that representatives from Algeria Telecom are expected in Mali ‘in the upcoming weeks’ to sign the necessary documents and agree on the latest steps in preparation to start with the construction work of the network.
In June 2018, ITWeb Africa had reported on the official interest that had been expressed by Mobilis in Mali’s telecoms market as a major part of its international expansion strategy.
However, the State’s interference in the telecoms industry, according to media reports, remains a significant challenge to the industry and its operators – especially new entrants into the market.
In August 2018, ITWeb Africa reported that Mali’s government had been accused of clamping down on social media as well as virtual private networks, and also of restricting internet access during the country’s presidential run-off elections.