ECOWAS reaffirms commitment to cut roaming cost, says Commissioner




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ABUJA  –   The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its commitment toward finding lasting solution to cost of roaming in the region.

Mr Isaias Barreto da Rosa, ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technology, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Da Rosa said the commission was working with Groupe Spécial Mobile Association (GSMA) to ensure that roaming was fully activated in the region as it was in other parts of the world.

He said that to realise the ambition, ECOWAS signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with GSMA on March 3 at the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“Reduction of the costs of telecommunications services in West Africa is one of the key areas to be addressed in the ambit of this MOU,’’ the commissioner said.

Da Rosa stressed the need for improved infrastructure and good regulation to promote good telecommunication practices in West African countries.
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The commissioner remarked that at a time when ECOWAS was advocating free movement of people and goods, it was equally important to have efficient data and voice traffic.

“It is time to take a bold initiative on regional roaming as this develop our region.’’ (NAN)

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