Etisalat gains universal service licence in Benin

Licence covers 3G, 4G and all mobile technology available in the next 20 years

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Etisalat gains universal service licence in Benin Cotonou, the biggest city in Benin. Benin had a mobile penetration rate of about 83% in 2012, according to BuddeComm. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  June 9, 2013

Etisalat Benin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Etisalat Group, has obtained a universal service license for the West African country.

The licence gives Etisalat Benin the right to provide 3G and 4G services and any other mobile telecoms technology that becomes available for the next 20 years.

The licence will enable Etisalat Benin to offer its customers services including high-speed data.

Etisalat Benin competes with state-backed mobile operator, Libercom, MTN, Globacom's Glo Mobile, and Bell Benin, which is operating under the name BBCom. The high level of competition helped push market penetration to around 80% in early 2012, according to Australian research firm, BuddeComm.

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