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Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.

In 2013, 78% of Benin households had mobile phones, 86% in urban areas and 69% in rural locations. According to latest ITU data (June 2017) 3G mobile coverage reaches 45% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by approximately 23.9% of citizens.

Benin is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and as such follows radio frequency harmonisation principles according to ITU-R Region-1. The regulatory body governing communications policy is the Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP-BENIN), and the Haute Autorité de l'Audiovisuel et de la Communication is charged with regulating the country's radio frequency spectrum activities such as planning, allocations, and licencing.