Sahel countries plan free roaming project
10 August 2018
Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad plan to put an end to roaming surcharges on cross-border calls for mobile customers travelling within the Sahel. The proposal was announced by G5 Sahel, which was created in 2014 to promote cooperation in economic development and security within the five participating countries.
The project follows similar initiatives across Africa. Burkina Faso and Mali have already implemented free roaming with five other neighbouring countries (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Togo, and Benin) belonging to the West African economic community Cedeao (Communaute economique des Etats d'Afrique de l’Ouest), also known as ECOWAS.