Madagascan operator Telecom Malagasy (Telma), which was awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence in October 2015, will offer 4G and fibre services upon launch. Comores-infos cited Telma CEO Patrick Pisalhamda as saying: ‘From the end of 2016, the aim is to ensure full coverage of the territory and population: voice, mobile internet 3G, 4G and very high speed fibre-to-the-x [FTTx] … In Comoros, we will create services that do not exist.’ Telma is expecting to invest KMF50 billion (over USD110 million) in the country, with Pisalhamda noting: ‘We will be a fierce competitor on the market but are cooperating in regard to infrastructure.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 1 October the National Authority for Regulation of ICT (Autorite Nationale de regulation des TIC, ANRTIC) awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence to Telma, thus removing the long-held monopoly of incumbent Comores Telecom (ComTel). Telma offered KMF7.010 billion (USD16 million) for the concession – which is valid for 15 years – outbidding sole rival for the licence, Mauritius Telecom, which bid KMF3.931 billion.
Telma offers fixed and mobile services in Madagascar, while former Comorian monopoly ComTel launched the first GSM and ADSL networks in the country in October 2003 and April 2007, respectively – the operator has since remained the sole provider of wireless and fixed services in Comoros.