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Overview

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 Bangui only.

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

yes

On average, number and length of downtime periods

Downtime periods are not frequent but it could happen if repeater’s generator is down.

Mobile phone providers (List)

yes, TELECEL, MOOV, ORANGE, AZUR

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, 58 towns have access to mobile telephone services, which represents a population coverage rate of less than 70%.

Please note: It is relatively easy to subscribe with any dealer or commercial agent of one of the above mobile telephone providers. Telephone SIM cards are sold in towns and anyone can purchase them. It is also needed 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

ART - Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications

HF Radio

Yes

ART - Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications

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

Yes

ART - Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

ART - Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications

GPS

No

n/a

VSAT

Yes

ART - Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

n/a

Frequency Licenses Required

YES, request should be done to ART

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNDP

UNICEF

OCHA

WFP

FAO

UNHCR

VHF frequencies

YesYesYesYesYesYes

HF frequencies

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Repeaters

(Locations)

YesYesYesYesYesYes

VSAT

YesYesYesYesYesYes