TOGO has become the latest country to join a programme abolishing international mobile voice roaming charges between a group of west African nations. Agence Ecofin reports that the Togolese Authority of Posts & Telecommunications Regulation (ART&P) signed an agreement with its Senegalese counterpart to introduce free voice roaming for travellers between the two countries from 31 March 2017.
Via the pact signed in Dakar, Togo also abolished mobile roaming costs with Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso, all of which ratified a Protocol on regional roaming alongside Senegal on 28 November 2016. Director General of Senegal’s Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications & Post (ARTP), Abdou Karim Sall, announced upon Togo’s signing:
‘The free roaming will enter into force on 31 March 2017, and will enable those travelling within six Protocol countries … to receive and make calls as if they were in their own country.’