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Mali Planning to Offer 3rd Mobile Operator License

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The West African country of Mali is planning to offer the country's third mobile operator license by the end of this year, local radio, cited by the Reuters news agency has reported.

"We want to maximise two things: the interests of the ... consumer; and secondly, receipts for the public treasury," Modibo Ibrahim Toure, minister of new technologies, said on state radio on Saturday.

Mali's pro-government L'Essor newspaper on Monday added that the average price for a licence in the region was 30 to 40 billion CFA francs (US$89 million).

The two mobile networks in the country are France Telecom-Orange and state-owned Malitel. According to the Mobile World analysts, their market shares are 68% and 32% respectively.

The country as a whole had just under 6.9 million subscribers at the end of March 2011, representing a population penetration level of 52%.

On the web: Reuters - The Mobile World

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