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The ARPT (Authorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications) is a legal entity of public law, independent, endowed with financial and managerial autonomy, governed by the special status defined by the L018 law in September 2005 on telecommunications and placed under the supervision of the Minister in charge of telecommunication. ARPT ensures compliance with the provisions of the law on the general regulation of telecommunications and its implementing regulations. It shall take the necessary measures to ensure the service continuity and protect the users. There are four major mobile phone providers in the country offering competitive service in quality and price. The sim cards are obtained under presentation of an identity card and the number is registered accordingly. 

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

No 

Does it allow international calls?

No

On average, number and length of downtime periods

N/A

Mobile phone providers

Orange, Intercel, Cellcom, Areeba

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

100% of the 333 chefs-lieux of sub-Prefectures and the special zone of Conakry.

Mobile phone coverage is estimated at 88.5%

And internet at 17%.

 

Telecommunications Regulation

The importation and licensing of humanitarian communication equipment: VSAT, HF, VHF, Thurayas, etc… is regulated in accordance with the MOU signed between the humanitarian agency and the government. For more information on the telecommunication regulations please visit the ARPT website: ARPT Official Website

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes  

ARPT

HF Radio

Yes

ARPT

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

Yes

ARPT

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes 

ARPT

GPS

Yes

ARPT

VSAT

Yes

ARPT

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required:  Yes

Frequency Licenses Required:  Yes


Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

There is a common radio room managed by UNDSS. All radio bases (HF/VHF) are located at UNDSS (Maison Commune) where UNDP, UNFPA, UNAIDS are located. The repeaters are located at Kakourima mountain located at 40 km from Conakry Town Centre. This is an inter-agency radio room; all UN agencies use the same frequencies. For the rest of connectivity and telecoms systems such as VSAT, each agency depends on its own.