Mauritania plans to launch 4G

Mauritania is planning to roll out 4G, eleven years after Mauritania telecommunications firm Chinguitel introduced 3G in the country. Moreover, the Mauritanian government are planning to issue an operating license to a fourth operator.

This is the first 4G license issued in the country which is home to three licensed telecoms service providers – Mattel, Mauritel and Chinguitel – that provide 2G and 3G services.

The new tender “targets two types of licenses:” 4G “licenses, allowing the use of 4G technologies for the provision of electronic communications services to the profits of operators already holding 2G / 3G licenses in Mauritania. And another license called “2G / 3G / 4G to a new operator allowing them to use technologies 2,3 and 4G, for the provision of electronic communications services in Mauritania.

Bidders will have to submit their applications to the regulator by 5 December 2018, with tender documents understood to be available for 100,000 Mauritanian Ouguiya (approximately US$3,000).

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Mauritania has an average of 92.2 mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, mobile broadband subscriptions stood at 30.3%. The future successful bidder will be “to provide second, third and fourth generation (2G, 3G and 4G) mobile electronic communications services open to the public.