The Authority of Posts & Telecommunications Regulation (ART&P) in Togo has issued 4G mobile licences to the country’s two incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs), Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Moov Togo, allowing them to offer ultra-fast mobile internet and kick start the availability of financial services within the framework of the 2018 Finance Act. According to local newspaper Togo First, the award ceremony – which followed an announcement from Togo’s Minister of Posts & Digital Economy Cina Lawson on 8 May confirming the plan to issue 4G licences – took place on Monday 11 June and also included 2G and 3G licence renewals for both cellcos. Under the terms of the licence awards, the recipients are required to provide 4G coverage to at least 40% of the population by 2022. All existing and new 2G/3G/4G licences now run until 2032.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2016 the Minister of Posts & Digital Economy began official talks with Togocel and Moov concerning the award of 4G licences with the aims of driving down prices, improving service quality and boosting the availability of broadband internet on the national level. At one time it was speculated that the government would also look to open the field to an oft-mooted third mobile player, but seemingly the Togocel-Moov duopoly is set to continue.