Sierra Leone signs free roaming MoU with Guinea, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire
3 May 2019
Sierra Leone's National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has signed an MOU with telecommunications regulatory heads from Liberia, Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire, aimed at fostering collaboration in implementing the One Area Network initiative, reports Awoko. NATCOM director-general Maxwell Massaquoi said once the free roaming plan is fully implemented, mobile phone users visiting countries that are signatories would be able to use their local numbers to make and receive calls with no extra charges being levied on them by operators.
Massaquoi said Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire have identified focal persons to expedite the process and a 90-day timeline for the implementation of the initiative. As the idea of regional integration resonates across southern Africa bloc ECOWAS member countries, Massaquoi said, telecoms regulatory bodies are becoming increasingly interested in developing partnerships to improve their domestic operations and ensure their citizens can use roaming without exorbitant service charges.
NATCOM, under the current management, has improved multilateral ties not just with regulators in the ECOWAS block, but also with a host of regulatory bodies in the East African region.