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  • This citation shows the important role of the ICT and particularly telecommunications. And today, GSM operators are one of the essential player for the information flow

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  • 1. ECOWAS MOBILE TELEPHONE SECTOR OVERVIEW Presented by Dr Raphael KOFFI Telecom Adviser ECOWAS COMMISSION Website : www.ecowas.int 2 nd ANNUAL NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL GSM STRATEGIC CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION Abuja, 11-12 July 2007
  • 2. Agenda
    • Objectives
    • Present Situation
    • Actions Taken by ECOWAS
    • Expectations from Mobile Operators
  • 3. CITATION “ THE POOR REMAIN POOR BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT RECEIVING ENOUGH INFORMATION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO GROW, ALLOW THEM TO MAKE CHOICES” – UNESCO,1997
  • 4. Global Objectives
      • Development of a regional, reliable, modern ICT infrastructure for the deployment of ICTs in the sub region in order to realize a cheap and affordable communication for community citizens;
      • Harmonization of Telecoms policies, legal and regulatory frameworks for the establishment of a single liberalized telecoms market within the Community.
  • 5. Specific objectives
    • Implementation of full connectivity between telephone operators in ECOWAS region.
    • Establishment of regional postpaid and prepaid GSM Roaming in all Member States.
    • Preferential community tariff to boost the prepaid roaming services
  • 6. Present Situation
    • At the end of 2006, the number of GSM operators (operational) in ECOWAS Member States stood at 45
    • All the Member States have launched postpaid Roaming and 11 operators over 7 countries have launched the prepaid Roaming with CAMEL-2 or 3.
    • The average penetration rate is 11.8% against 1.1% for fixed telephone.
    • The highest mobile penetration in the region is in the Gambia where it exceeds 24% whilst Cape Verde has the best coverage: 90% of the country
  • 7. Present Situation
    • Nigeria is the largest market and has also the highest annual growth rate in ECOWAS region.
    Source: Informa Telecom & media
  • 8. Present Situation
    • More than 98% of mobile subscribers in ECOWAS region are prepaid subscribers
    • There is the absence of a study to determine the profitability of prepaid roaming for most of the GSM operators in the region
    • The average fee charged by operators in the region for prepaid roaming services is $2 ( US)
  • 9. Present Situation: Pre-paid roaming agreements (with CAMEL)
  • 10. Actions Taken by ECOWAS
    • Having noted that mobile telephone services in the ECOWAS region is not only a business opportunity for mobile telephone operators, but is also considered as a social issue and a factor of exchange and regional integration, the Head of States and Government;
      • adopted a new regulatory framework (6 Supplementary Acts) in January 2007 that are more favorable for the development of mobile telephone and the implementation of GSM Roaming in the sub-region
      • appealed to cellular telephone operators to sign roaming agreements in order to facilitate communication in the region
  • 11. Actions Taken by ECOWAS
    • ECOWAS Technical Group on Roaming (ETGR) was set up in 2004 to accelerate the implementation of Roaming services
    • ECOWAS, by the Supplementary Act adopted on Interconnection, is fully committed to support and facilitate the development of regional ICT broadband infrastructure and promote cross-border connectivity
  • 12. Perspectives
    • Accelerate the domestication of Community regulatory framework by the ECOWAS Member States in order to establish an attractive environment for investments and promote greater competition on international gateways
    • Pursue the collaboration with WATRA for the implementation of regional regulatory projects
    • Feasibility study to harmonize tariffs of communication including roaming , to establish a regional clearing house and regional signalling route
  • 13. Expectations from mobile operators
    • ECOWAS:
    • Appeals to mobile operators for more transparency billing and affordable prices
    • Encourage mobile operators for the acquisition of the appropriate equipments and software to implement prepaid roaming in the sub region in order to allow the majority of their customers to roam
    • Exhort the mobile operators to be more involved in the meetings and telecoms projects of ECOWAS Commission
  • 14. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION