Moov Togo, a majority-owned subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, has finally been given the official go-ahead from the Togo government to launch its 3G mobile service. The cell company was ostensibly promised a 3G license in July 2012, after previous negotiations in 2011 broke down with the subject referred to the government for consideration.
The deadlock was broken on 13 January 2016 when, during a cabinet meeting, the government adopted a decree allowing the Minister for the Digital Economy, Cina Lawson, to authorize Moov to operate a 3G network till 2021.
The mandate requires it to undertake ‘significant investments in infrastructure, including the extension of access cover, the densification of areas covered and to actively participate in the creation of jobs and particularly those for Togolese citizens in management positions’. The government says the move to license Moov Togo is designed to rebalance a market in which, to date, only Togo Cellulaire (Togocel), a subsidiary of state-owned fixed line operator Togo Telecom, has been able to offer 3G services.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in July 2014 the government announced plans to begin the process of auctioning off a third mobile license via an international tender. The ministry confirmed that the tender for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services would hopefully be concluded by October that year but till present, only Moov Togo and Togocel is providing mobile services.