ECOWAS set to implement harmonised roaming tariff for mobile networks

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is made up of fifteen member countries that are located in the Western African region.

ECOWAS is working towards the implementation of a regulation to define a harmonised legal and tariff framework for roaming on public mobile communication networks among member states by June 2019.

Mr Zouli Bonkoungou, ECOWAS Commissioner, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (TIT) said this during an interactive session with members of the ECOWAS Parliament at its ongoing ordinary session in Abuja on Wednesday.

ECOWAS Ministers in charge of Telecommunications and ICT had approved the free regional roaming regulation for the region in Oct. 2017.

The Regulation on Roaming on Public Mobile Communications Networks in the Region is expected to solve the problem of high cost of roaming services through the elimination or reduction of call tariffs, SMS charges and data costs, among others.

The regulation also aims to determine the rights and obligations of community roaming providers, regulators and member states and also provides for a minimum of guarantees for consumers.

Bonkoungou said that the harmonised tariff regime for roaming was expected to take off in June 2018, but the action plan was not implemented by member states.

The commissioner explained that the telecommunications regulators in member states were responsible for the implementation of the regulations.

“The regulators are the ones that police the implementation of the regulations and we contacted and brought those regulators in March and we also brought representatives of ministries.

The Economic Community of West African States Member states:

  • BENIN
  • BURKINA FASO
  • CABO VERDE
  • CÔTE D’IVOIRE
  • The GAMBIA
  • GHANA
  • GUINEA
  • GUINEA BISSAU
  • LIBERIA
  • MALI
  • NIGER
  • NIGERIA
  • SENEGAL
  • SIERRA LEONE
  • TOGO

 

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