Recently, Malians have been having access to a new mobile phone network. The company Alpha Telecommunications Mali (Atel-SA), operating under the trademark “Telecel”, finally opened its services to the public, on December 28, 2017, after a start of the network, from October 16 to test its reliability.
The telecom company, holder of the third mobile license in the country, aims to become the first operator in the country in terms of quality. To this end, it relies on the high-end network deployed by telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei. It has a capacity of 3 million subscribers; an evolutionary capacity according to the needs expressed over time.
The Telecel network, which is only available in Bamako, for the moment, will be extended to other regions of the country, during the first quarter of 2018. The company which has invested nearly 100 billion Fcfa to build, with the support of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), has held the mobile license since 2012. It will take five years to be ready to compete with Malitel, a mobile subsidiary of the Sotelma and Orange.
According to the CEO of Atel-SA, Souleymane Diallo, the company will not only bring a plus to the telecom market. It will also contribute to job creation. “Direct and indirect jobs will be created with the recruitment of a hundred Malian employees, from the first year, and several thousand distributors and resellers; local subcontracting contracts for site construction and other deployment work, etc. “, explained Souleymane Diallo.