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PLEASE NOTE: This assessment was carried out in 2009. Information will be updated as soon as possible. 

Central African Republic Telecommunications 

 

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)

yes, SOCATEL Tel.: +236 21 61 42 68 21 61 32 10 21 61 26 62 Fax: +236 21 61 44 72 E-mail: dg-socatel@socatel.cf Website: www.socatel.cf It should be mentioned that landline telephone network is available in the following locations: Bangui, Bouar, Bambari, Bossangoa, Bangassou, Berbérati, Carnot, N’kembé, M’baïki and Boda.

 

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

yes

On average, number and length of downtime periods

Downtime periods are not frequent. But whet it occurs, it can take some days before the problem is fixed.

Mobile phone providers (List)

yes, TELECEL, MOOV, ORANGE, NATION LINK

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

As mentioned above, the mobile telephone network does not cover the entire territory. According to the country PRSP , only 17 towns have access to mobile telephone services, which represents a population coverage rate of less than 30%. In addition to the limited coverage of the territory, there are regular periods of outage throughout the country.

 Please note: It is relatively easy to subscribe a line with any dealer or commercial agent of one of the above mobile telephone providers. Actually, telephone SIM cards are sold around the town and anyone can purchase them. It should be mentioned that you need however to purchase a telephone card, as the system is widely prepaid.

Telecommunication Regulation

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

Usage and importation

HF Radio

Yes

Usage and importation

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

Usage and importation

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

Usage and importation

GPS

-

-

VSAT

Yes

Usage and importation

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required
n/a
Frequency Licenses Required
n/a

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNDP

UNICEF

OCHA

BONUCA

FAO

UNHCR

VHF frequencies

YesYesYesYes-Yes

HF frequencies

YesYesYesYes-Yes

Repeaters

(Locations)

YesYesYesYes-Yes

VSAT

YesYesYesYes-Yes