Report has gathered that one of Nigeria’s biggest network ‘Glo’ which
is a subsidiary of the Nigerian telecom group ‘Globalcom’ has refused
to comply with the new payment obligation made by telecoms license in
Benin Republic. This was reported by the Regulatory Authority for
Electrical Communication and Posts (ARCEP) of Benin Republic, and so,
the body also threatens to end Glo mobile and its operation in the West
Globalcom company which has earlier been notified of their refusal to
comply with their new dues on the 18th December 2017 following the
failure in September 2017 of the negotiations initiated with the State
since June 2017 for the renewal of its telecom license. It was revealed
that Glo Mobile would have refused to pay the new price of the telecom
license, set by the Beninese state.
ARCEP of Benin Republic also stated that in refusal of the company’s
compliance to the new payment, it requires Globalcom operations around
its state to stop, this also include the sales of new SIM card and
recharge cards around its state. Also stated that the company must
notify all its subscribers of the impending cessation of its activities
and invite them to consume definitively the telephone credits available
on their accounts within thirty days of the notification sent to
them. Glo Mobile will also have to maintain its passive colocation
infrastructure with other operators for a period of three months.
From our findings Globalcom has yet to release an official statement regarding the issue.
The Beninese telecom market lost two big mobile operators in about
four months although if we assume the worse case scenario with
Globalcom. Bell Benin Communications SA which was lost on 2nd August
2017. Leaving only three which are MTN, Libercom, Spacetel and Moov.