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The Benin mobile market has experienced quite some volatility, when from six operators only two are remaining after the dissolution of BBCOM and shut down of state-owned Libercom and the revocation of the license of Globacom Benin (brand name: Glo) in 2017.  

As a result two major mobile network operators are competing now for customers with the following ranking based on their market share: 

  • MTN Benin (by Spacetel Benin)
  • Moov Benin (by Maroc Telecom)

All remaining customers of Glo were moved to Moov in early 2018 by the regulator. Network regulator is ARCEP and currency is CFA Franc (XOF). The country code is +229.

Mobile networks account for almost all internet connections, and also carry most voice traffic. There has been some progress resulting from improved international internet connectivity and the rapidly escalating bandwidth available, which has led to lower access pricing for end-users. This has assisted mobile network operators to expand their networks, and provided the necessary backhaul capacity to support the growing use of mobile data applications and service, including m-commerce and m-banking.

The local mobile phone coverage is quite good and fairly cheap by regional standards. However, the regulator imposed heavy penalties in 2017 against MTN and Glo for its poor quality of service.

2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G/UMTS on 900 and 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE has started on 1800 MHz (band 3) and is added by 800 MHz (band 20).

Benin’s scheme to register all mobile users came into effect in 2011, under which existing subscribers were told to provide official identification to their operators, or risk the deactivation of their SIMs, whilst ID (or passport) was also officially required to purchase a new SIM card.

On 1 March 2018 Benin officially entered the ‘free mobile roaming zone’ established by West African countries Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo. From now on, travelling Beninese in the above countries will benefit from outgoing calls billed at local rates, plus free incoming calls (currently capped at 300 incoming minutes per month). The free roaming zone doesn't apply to data use.

MTN Benin[]


MTN used to be the largest operator in number of users. The South-African based MTN is present in Benin since 2006 after acquisition of Spacetel Benin (Areeba). It ended 2017 with a solid share of more than 60% of the market.

4G/LTE is available at no extra cost also for pre-paid users in areas around Cotonou, Ouémé and Abomey.


They charge 200 CFA for a SIM card at their stores, that are located near the borders, in the malls and in Cotonou Airport as well.

If you intent to keep your SIM for a next visit it is possible to buy extended validity as following:

  • for extra validity of 6 months: 300 CFA by *201*1#
  • for extra validity of 12 months: 400 CFA by *201*2#

Default rate[]

Base rate without packages is 10 CFA per MB. This is called FORFAITS LIBRES and needs to be activated by *130#. Otherwise, you don't get data outside packages.  

Data feature packages[]

They are called Forfaits Volumes

Price (CFA) Volume (MB) Validity Activation
100 40 MB 24h *123*77*100 #
150 100 MB 24h *123*77*150 #
200 150 MB 24h *123*77*200 #
250 200 MB 24h *123*77*250 #
300 250 MB 24h *123*77*300 #
500 400 MB 48h *123*77*500 #
500 200 MB 6 Days *123*77*500 #
1000 500 MB 7 Days *123*77*1000 #
2000 1.5GB 7 Days *123*77*2000 #
1000 500 MB 15 Days *123*77*1000 #
2000 1.5GB 15 Days *123*77*2000 #
2500 1.5GB 30 Days *123*77*2500 #
4000 3GB 30 Days *123*77*4000 #
6000 5000 MB 30 Days *123*77*6000 #
14500 11800 MB 30 Days

The Forfaits ILLIMITÉS provide you data in up to 4G/LTE speed (where available) until a fair use threshold is reached and then throttled to 512 kbps for the remaining validity. They auto-renew at expiry and thus need to be disactivated manually (?).

  • 20,000F CFA per month for unlimited connection. As soon as you reach 35 GB of download volume, the speed decreases to 512kbps until the expiration date of the package. Activation: *123*77*20000#
  • 25,000F CFA per month for unlimited connection. As soon as you reach 75 GB of download volume, the speed decreases to 512kbps until the expiration date of the package. Activation: *123*77*25000#

To check the volume of remaining data dial *123*2#

More information[]

  • APN:
  • Website in French:

Moov Benin []

Moov was owned by Etisalat and recently sold to Maroc Telecom. It's the major rival of MTN and historically the second operator in the country. In 2018 it has grown after the migration of about 1 million stranded Glo customers in to its network by decision of the regulator, but remains second player with a nearly 40% share of the market. 


According to the latest audits of the regulator ARCEP it has the slightly better coverage compared to MTN: coverage map


A basic SIM card costs 250 CFA, lowered in promotions to 100 CFA in their Moovstores (list) like at the airport.

There are different prepaid plans to choose from. Use *106*1# to activate the plan of choice. MoovVivo is their standard plan.

On MoovVoyageur+ they offer an extention of SIM validity, if you intend to keep your number and SIM with *125# for 6 months at 100 CFA.

Data feature packages[]

Forfaits volumes are data packages giving data at up to 3G/4G speeds:

Tariff (CFA) Volume Validity Activation code
100 40 MB 24H *123*1*1*1 #
150 100 MB 24H *123*1*1*2 #
200 150 MB 24H *123*1*1*3 #
250 200 MB 24H *123*1*1*4 #
300 250 MB 24H *123*1*1*5 #
500 400 MB 48H *123*1*1*6 #
750 625 MB 48H *123*1*1*7 #
500 200 MB 6 Days *123*1*2*1 #
1 000 500 MB 7 Days *123*1*2*2 #
2 000 1.5 GB 7 Days *123*1*2*3 #
1 000 500 MB 15 days *123*1*3*1 #
2 000 1 GB 30 days *123*1*3*2 #
2 500 1.5 GB 30 days *123*1*3*3 #
4 000 3 GB 30 days *123*1*3*4 #
5 000 4 GB 30 days *123*1*3*5 #
6 000 5,000 MB 30 days *123*1*3*6 #
9 000 6.5 GB 30 days *123*1*3*7 #

Like MTN they offer 'unlimited' packages called Forfaits Ilimites with a share of high speed data and throttled beyond:

Type of Unlimited Internet Plans Volume Validity
15.000 15GBPlus/512kbps 30 Days
20.000 35GBPlus/512kbps 30 Days
25.000 CFA (Unlimited Tché) 75GBplus/512kbps 30 Days
30.000 CFA (100 GB) 100GBPlus/512kpbs 30 Days
50.000 CFA (Unlimited Extra) 150GBPlus/512kbps 30 Days
75.000 CFA (Unlimited Comfort) 250GBPlus/512kbps 30 Days

More information[]