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Atlantic Telecom Facing Loss of Togo Operating License

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Atlantic Telecom is reported to be facing the suspension of its network in Togo after failing to renew its operating license. The operator's license expired in June 2008, and has been given until 10th August to pay a 20 billion CFA (USD44 million) renewal fee.

The company is said not to have complied with two decrees spelling out the financial conditions of renewal of its licence. So far, only operators Togo Telecom and Togo Cellular have started carrying out measures in the decrees, the regulator, ARTP reported in a statement on Saturday.

Estimates from the  Mobile World analysts shows that the operator ended Q1 '09 with around 530,000 subscribers. The dominant telco is the state owned Togo Cellular, with around 1.25 million customers. France Telecom's Orange seems to have an operating license but has not started services yet.

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