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Mali Considering Issuing a 4th Mobile License

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Mali is reportedly considering issuing a fourth mobile operator license at the end of this year, when a lock out clause granted to the current 3rd operator expires.

Alpha Telecom was granted the country's third mobile operator license in 2012 with a guarantee that no new licenses would be granted until 2016. However, the company has not launched services, although it says it is close to a commercial launch soon.

The consortium paid USD105 million for the 15-year license, although it was said to have been late in paying, the company says it has now met its obligations.

The Agence Ecofin news agency reported that the government has decided that it will push ahead with the fourth license as soon as the exclusivity period expires.

The country currently has two mobile networks, Orange and SOTELMA.

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