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Globacom loses license in Benin Republic

The Autorite De-Regulation Des Communications Électroniques Et De La Poste, ARCEP, Republic of Benin’s telecommunications regulator has withdrawn the operating license of Nigeria’s indigenous mobile telecoms company Globacom local unit in a dispute over new terms.

ARCEP-Benin said the decision follows the breakdown of negotiation of Globacom renewal of operating license earlier this month.

According to Reuters, Globacom and the regulators could not agree on new terms of the contract.

ARCEP said the telecoms company refused the new conditions imposed by the government.

The new terms of the contract include an increase in the cost of the license.

According to statistics on ARCEP’s website, Glo Mobile Benin had over 1.6 million subscribers in 2015.

Established on August 29, 2003, Globacom is Nigeria’s second largest telecommunications operator. It has operations in other West African countries namely Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

Other subsidiaries of the company include Glo Gateway, Glo 1 Enterprise Solution, and Glo Mobile Ghana.

The company made history in Nigeria when it became the first GSM operator to implement per second billing.

Globacom is one of the companies that made it to the final five bidders for the ownership of 9mobile.

9mobile, which was formerly known as Etisalat, is currently in talks with investors after major investors pulled out earlier in the year.

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