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Sao Tome and Principe to Award Second Mobile License in 2012

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The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe will grant a second mobile network operator license in the first half of next year, Minister of Public Works, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, Carlos Vila Nova. has announced.

Although the monopoly held by CST -- a joint venture between the government and Portugal Telecom -- was officially broken in 2004, no new licenses have been issued to mobile operators.

According to estimates by the Mobile World analysts, the current monopoly provider had around 116,000 customers at the end of June 2011.

Sao Tome and Principe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. With a population of 163,000 (2010), Sao Tome and Principe is the second-smallest African country (the Seychelles being the smallest).

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