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MAURITANIA

  • "Mauritania coup: New president named," Aljazeera.net, 4 August 2005: "The military council that overthrew Mauritania's president on Wednesday has named the longtime chief of national police force as the country's new leader... The council said it would exercise power for two years to allow time to put in place democratic institutions..."
  • According to Isabel Neto's Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of Licence-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa (May 2004), the 2.4 GHz band in Mauritania "is used by the incumbent operator to distribute its telephone network in the suburbs of the capital. It is also used by other users for data transmission." Nevertheless, WLANs conforming to CEPT/ERC/REC recommendation 70-03 were allowed to use this band under a class license.
  • "Autorité de Régulation de Mauritanie" by Moustapha Ould Cheikh Mouhamedou (president of the regulatory authority), presented at a FRATEL seminar on Regulation of the Internet and its Access Technologies in Nouakchott, Mauritania, 30-31 March 2005. M. Mouhamedou notes that the Internet is hardly developed in his country because of limited international bandwidth and poor "last mile" phone network penetration. But this may begin changing by the end of 2005 due to income from recently discovered oilfields. The government decided in 1998 to reform the telecom market and enacted Law 99-019 which now regulates the sector. Mauritel's monopoly ended in June 2004.
  • In a related presentation at the same seminar, "Complémentarité des technologies d'accès à l'Internet et services large bande: État des lieux en général et perspective de l'évolution du large bande en Mauritanie", Cheikh Baye Ould Cheikh Abdallahi said that the regulator might issue one or more licenses for Wi-fi and/or Broadband over Power Line (BPL) access to the Internet.

Africa - Regional Overview