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Benin

AMN serves the Republic of Benin through AMN Benin Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Africa Mobile Networks Ltd, and AMN BENIN SARL, our local operating company.

AMN Benin is currently in the process of building out a network of mobile base stations in Benin. When complete, the Benin network will comprise some 200 base stations, serving 1.5 million people and circa 725,000 mobile subscribers.

The first base station in northern Benin started commercial service on January 24th, 2014.




Benin has a population of 9.5 million people and geographically covers 113,000 square Kilometres (of which 2,000 sq. Km is covered by water).
55% of the population live in rural areas. As of 2013, approximately 65% of the population and 35% of the land area are covered by at least one of the 5 (MTN, Moov, Glo, BBCom and Libercom) licensed mobile network operators, and by 2015 this is projected to increase to 77% population and 40% land area coverage. This means that by 2015 there will still be nearly 70,000 sq. Km of land area and more than 2.2 million citizens of Benin outside the reach of essential telecommunications services. According to studies by The World Bank, 2.2% of the population can’t be served economically by mobile network service, but this figure is reduced significantly due to AMN’s innovative low-cost solution which allows very small populations to be viable at the same times as maximizing the coverage area of a single cell and the population served.

AMN is investing $25 million to build 200 mobile network base stations in Benin. Each of these will be connected to one of the licensed operators. The AMN network will serve a total population of 1.5 million people (16% of the population), with an average of 7,400 people served by each base station and generating an estimated 715,000 new mobile subscribers worth circa $25 million per year in gross airtime revenues.