[cellular news] The government of Niger has said that it is having to look for a new buyer for the state-owned telecoms company, Sonitel after UN sanctions meant that a prior deal with the Libyan company LAP Green could not be completed.
"We are going to launch an international invitation to tender ... We are going to make sure the buyer this time is a real professional," Communications Minister Salifou Labo Bouche was reported as saying by the Reuters news agency, who cited the local television channel Tenere.
He said the purchaser could be either a new entrant or a company already in the Nigerien market. The country currently has four mobile networks.
According to the Mobile World analysts the country has around 14.4 million mobile phone users, which represents a population penetration level of 23%.
Niger Sale of State-Owned Telco Blocked by UN Sanctions