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Benin: Moov and MTN networks cut over increased licence fees

The new Beninois Government decided to review all telecoms licensing arrangements when it came into office and tasked its newly independent regulator to carry out the task.
It argued that the previous Government had handed out previous licences in an irregular fashion and that it was simply regularising the position. The same issue is also affecting both Liberia and Sierra Leone although in a less dramatic fashion.

Events took a turn for the worse this week as the Beninois Government decided to cut off two networks – Moov and MTN – to impose the new level of licence fee it has chosen. Russell Southwood looks at a country where the regulator has cut off the two operators to convince them to pay up.

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