Togo to insure universal electronic communications service

Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:54
Togo to insure universal electronic communications service

(Togo First) - Togo is gradually providing universal electronic communications service to its populations. A draft decree was adopted in this framework on April 18, 2018 and defines rules that applies regarding this universal service.

In effect, the measure aims to, according to the government, “provide all citizens, regardless of their place of residence or level of income, full access to electronic communications”. This involves raising internet’s penetration rate from its current level (21% only) and lowering costs of services provided by telecom operators.

Regarding the latter, the recent launch of Teolis SA and Group Vivendi Africa should contribute significantly. Indeed, it foretells a rise of competition in the telecom sector, with more innovative and affordable offers.

Still in order to boost access to telecom services, Wi-Fi hotspots are being deployed in public spaces all over the country. The project is still at its pilot phase and is so far carried out in Lomé. By 2030, Togo expects that all those with no internet at home would have access to a hotspot nearby; “that is within a 5km range at least”.

Séna Akoda

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