Togo considers new tender for ISP licences

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Togo’s Council of Ministers has instructed the Minister of Posts & Digital Economy, Cina Lawson, to issue a tender to award three new licences to ISPs in the West African country, according to Xinhua/News Ghana. In its report the Council explains: ’The coming of new operators will help develop competition, enhance the quality of internet services and reduce costs significantly,’ adding that the government has taken this decision ‘to support major projects currently executed so as to enhance the access and the quality of internet connection in our country’.

Further, the Council of Ministers says it will develop plans to build a new data centre in the country, set up an internet exchange point (IXP) and construct a 140km fibre-optic network, all of which it says will ‘help pool’ the efforts of national operators Togo Telecom and Togo Cellulaire (Togocel). Meanwhile, in another bold statement of intent, Cina Lawson is expected to be given recommendations to license 4G LTE mobile services, by awarding concessions to Togocel and Moov Togo, majority owned by Maroc Telecom. No timeframe has been given on the raft of initiatives currently under discussion.
Source: All Africa