Mali fines Orange’s local unit $14m for use of mobile bandwidth

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BAMAKO – Telecommunications regulators in Mali have fined Orange’s local unit 6.86 billion CFA francs ($14.23 million) for illegally using mobile bandwidth for a fixed-line , a charge Orange has said will challenge.

The firm was informed of the fine in a 22 letter but was only made at the weekend by Choguel Maiga, director of the AMRTP regulator.

The regulator accused Orange of Malian telecoms rules by using a mobile phone for its “Douba” fixed line .

Sekou Drame, Orange Mali’s deputy director, on rejected the accusation the firm had broken any rules and said would appeal.

“Orange Mali would not allow itself break the law in Mali,” he told journalists in Bamako. “The ‘Douba’ is regularly offered clients in line with the rules govern this sector.”($1 = 482.0550 CFA francs)