Comoros regulator Anrtic awarded the country’s 2nd telecom license to Telecom Malagasy Mobile (Telma). The Madagascar operator bid KMF 7.1 billion (approximately USD 16 million) for the new 15 year license covering both fixed and mobile services. Telma was bidding in competition with Tanzania’s Quality Group (a consortium of Mauritius Telecom, Shyam Telecom and Vihaan Networks). Telecom Malagasy SA is to provide fixed and wireless voice and data services to residential and business customers in the archipelago. It would offer copper line, wireless, satellite, and Internet services.
The Telma Group (Telecom Malagasy, Telma Mobile, Telma Global Net and Telma Money) is Madagascar’s telecommunications leader in fixed, mobile, Internet, capacity (through the EASSY submarine cable and the 6,000km+ national fiber optic backbone), and mobile money and is the only operator to provide convergent solutions with a large portfolio of Fixed, Mobile and Data services, as well as Mobile Money solutions to the nation. It was privatized in 2004, and is based in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The Comoros, known officially as the Union of the Comoros is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore. The Comoros is the only state to be a member of the African Union, Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Arab League and the Indian Ocean Commission.