ART&P issues 4G licences to Togo’s mobile operators

The country is kick-starting the availability of financial services, and fast internet
Togo has issued 4G licences to its two mobile operators.
Togo has issued 4G licences to its two mobile operators.

Share

The Authority of Posts & Telecommunications Regulation (ART&P) in Togo has issued 4G mobile licences to the country’s two mobile network operators (MNOs), Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Moov Togo, allowing them to offer ultra-fast mobile internet and kick start the availability of financial services within the framework of the 2018 Finance Act.

According to local newspaper Togo First, the award ceremony – which followed an announcement from Togo’s Minister of Posts & Digital Economy Cina Lawson on 8 May confirming the plan to issue 4G licences – took place on Monday 11 June and also included 2G and 3G licence renewals for both cellcos. Under the terms of the licence awards, the recipients are required to provide 4G coverage to at least 40% of the population by 2022. All existing and new 2G/3G/4G licences now run until 2032.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2016 the Minister of Posts & Digital Economy began official talks with Togocel and Moov concerning the award of 4G licences with the aims of driving down prices, improving service quality and boosting the availability of broadband internet on the national level. At one time it was speculated that the government would also look to open the field to an oft-mooted third mobile player, but seemingly the Togocel-Moov duopoly is set to continue.

Editor's Choice

Smart cities to drive Middle East data centre spending to US$5 billion by 2020 - new report
Investment in modernising data centres could also enable new digital business models.
Saudi Arabia gets its first Apple Store
First Apple Store in the kingdom opens doors in Riyadh.
Up and away: Loon’s Internet-providing balloons to take to Kenya’s skies
Coming to Kenya next year: wireless Internet provided by balloon.

Most popular

Don't Miss a Story