Fixed and mobile operator Mauritanian Telecommunications Company (Mauritel), which is 41.2% indirectly owned by Maroc Telecom of Morocco, has reportedly renewed its mobile licence in the African country for a further ten years. The Moroccan group paid USD100 million to extend its licence, according to CEO Mr Ahizoune, who said that Maroc is keen to retain its operations across Africa and of course Mauritania where it now claims a 57% market share. Mauritel contributed USD45 million of revenue in FY 2014 and controls nearly four million consumers, he said.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Mauritel (Mauritel) was established in 1960 and switched on the country’s second GSM network in November 2000, shortly behind Mattel (Mauritano-Tunisienne de Telecommunication) which had launched the previous month. Mauritel added 3G services to its portfolio in mid-2009 and W-CDMA coverage is reportedly available in around 20 cities, while GSM technology has been deployed to cover around 90% of the population.