Fears have emerged regarding the future of Aircom (Cafe Mobile), the Cote d’Ivoire’s sixth mobile operator, with Ivorian telecoms watchdog L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications/TIC de Cote d’Ivoire (ARTCI) omitting the company from its most recent quarterly statistical overview, which covers the three month period ended 31 March 2014. The cellco, which launched in April 2012 – almost twelve years after receiving its original operating concession – had amassed just 17,865 subscribers by 31 December 2013, equivalent to a meagre 0.1% market share, and its lack of progress had prompted widespread speculation in recent months over the viability of its ongoing operation.
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