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Gabon

Basics Edit

Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa, located near the equator. Gabon remains one of the wealthiest nations in Africa, with the economy largely supported by oil revenues.

The telecom market was liberalised in 1999, when the government awarded mobile telephony licences and established an independent regulatory authority (ARCEP). Mobile penetration already reached 100% in 2008 when 6 operators shared the market. Today, only two major mobile players remain:

  • Gabon Telecom (Libertis merged with Moov)
  • Airtel Gabon
  • Azur Gabon (USAN)

Gabon reached a pretty good 2G coverage, but following years of delays 3G was started as late as 2014. This happened more or less together with 4G/LTE services in 2014/5 in Libreville. 2G/GSM is on 900 MHz, 3G on 2100 MHz in major towns and 4G/LTE on unspecified bands in the capital (most likely 1800 MHz).

SIM cards are sold in the stores of the providers. Their price have come down over the years from 75,000 CFA to now 500 CFA. As a tourist you will need to supply two copies of your passport and visa. So it might be wise to have some copies ready. Recharge cards are available pretty much everywhere.

Gabon Telecom (Libertis, Moov) Edit

Gabon telecom

Gabon Telecom was privatised in 2007 when Maroc Telecom bought a 51% stake in the operator. In 2016 Maroc Telecom merged Gabon Telecom with Moov Gabon. The new operator is the new market leader and dominant provider with about 60% share. It's still known under its old name of Libertis.

3G or 4G/LTE coverage can be expected in Libreville, Bitam, Bongoville, Cocobeach, Fougamou, Franceville, Gamba, Kango, Koulamoutou, Lambarene, Lastoursville, Bongolo, Makokou, Mayoumba, Miztic, Moanda, Mouila, Ndjole, Ngouoni, Ntoum, Oyem, Port-Gentil, Tchibanga, Mandji and Batanga: 3G/4G coverage map.

Availability Edit

Prepaid SIM cards are sold for 500-1000 CFA in their stores called agencies (list). You have your passport and visa ready for copying.

Recharge cards of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 30000 F are sold all over. To check balance type #111#, to top up by vouchers enter *123*<voucher PIN>#.

Data feature packages Edit

For 2G/3G/4G data these packages are offered:

Data Time Price
2 GB 0-6am 600 CFA
15 MB 2 days 200 CFA
50 MB 3 days 600 CFA
100 MB 14 days 1000 CFA
200 MB 30 days 2000 CFA
500 MB 30 days 3000 CFA
1 GB 30 days 5500 CFA
2 GB 45 days 10000 CFA
4 GB 45 days 16000 CFA
6 GB 60 days 20000 CFA
15 GB 60 days 40000 CFA
200 GB 60 days 90000 CFA

More infomation Edit

  • APN: libertis

Airtel Gabon Edit

Airtel

The second operator to be awarded a licence was Celtel Gabon in 2000. After being re-branded as Zain in 2007, it now operates as Airtel, since the Zain Group was acquired by India's Bharti Airtel in 2010.

It used to be the dominant provider 2009-15 with a market share over 50%, but has been overtaken by Gabon Telecom recently. This is reflected in a lower coverage as well.

Availability Edit

The price for SIM cards was lowered from 1000 CFA to 500 CFA in 2017. They are sold in their stores and outlets. Provide your passport for registration.

Refill cards can be found at every street corner. Beware than none of the double or triple credit promotions apply to data, only domestic voice or SMS. Check credit by *137#.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate is 75 CFA per MB. There new packages are offered for data:

Data Time Price
25 MB 2 days 250 CFA
60 MB 5 days 500 CFA
100 MB 14 days 1000 CFA
150 MB 14 days 1200 CFA
250 MB 30 days 2000 CFA
500 MB 3 days 1500 CFA
650 MB Sat/Sun 1000 CFA
800 MB 0-6am 300 CFA
1 GB 3 days 2500 CFA
1 GB 30 days 4000 CFA
1.2 GB 30 days 5000 CFA
1.5 GB 7 days 4000 CFA
2 GB 0-6am 600 CFA
2 GB 7 days 5000 CFA
4 GB 30 days 10000 CFA
5 GB 15 days 8000 CFA
10 GB 30 days 20000 CFA
40 GB 60 days 40000 CFA
200 GB 60 days 90000 CFA

More information Edit

Azur Gabon Edit

Azur

Azur, operated by USAM, started in 2009. It triggered a price war 2010-12, but has been cash stricken and struggeling ever since.

In 2017 it has been warned by telecoms regulator (ARCEP) that it could lose its operating licence due to its continued poor performance. Azur reported negative financial results each year since it started; a large debt, at around XAF 42 billion (US$ 75.2 million) owed to various providers and the state; difficulties in implementing 3G and 4G technologies; deterioration of the quality of service and the non-payment of staff salaries for at least the past seven months.

It's maket share has fallen to 6% in 2017. That's why Azur isn't recommended or shown here in more detail as it may face imminent suspension anytime.