The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) on Tuesday said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with neighboring West African countries to lower telephone roaming charges, a move expected to boost regional telecommunications landscape.
The move is part of a bid to help address some of the concerns of consumers bordering on high tariffs among others, the LTA said.
Chairman of the LTA Ivan Brown told reporters in Monrovia, the country’s capital, that the signing would enable harmonized roaming tariffs at more affordable rates across countries within the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).
With the signing of Liberia’s Roaming Ascension Act which Brown recently attended in Guinea, Liberia joins eight other countries within the ECOWAS region which earlier committed to the harmonized regulation among member-states.
According to the Liberian official, over the next few months, local telecommunication operators will enter into the regionally required agreements with mobile network operators in the participating ECOWAS member-states.
“Once this is done, the people in the sub-region can talk easily and affordably with one another across borders. They can trade and connect more and can subsequently help lift all countries of ECOWAS into the path of sustainable growth and development to make free movement a reality across West Africa,” he said.
When it takes effect soon, the regional roaming tariff will bring down the telecommunications barrier which kept the people apart and bring Africans closer together, Brown said further.
“It now appears like high tariffs, quality delivery and many other challenges consumers faced with in the past, especially in this sector, will soon be of history as the technicians and other persons of interest are gradually looking at ways and means in addressing the issue in the supreme interest of the citizens generally,” he added. Enditem