Togo’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, ARCEP) has reportedly cited the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Atlantique Telecom Togo (Moov) for obstructing competition in the local market. Togo First writes that the watchdog has called on the pair to stop ‘price differentiation practices’ for on-net (intra-network) and off-net (inter-network) communications which are ‘harmful to competition’, and given them until 20 November 2020 to do so. In its citation, ARCEP accused the MNOs of ‘making calls between numbers of their respective networks, cheaper than those between numbers belonging to two different [Togolese] networks’. It argues that the manoeuvre could ‘potentially discourage calls to the competing network’ (which are mechanically more expensive) and is ‘in violation of the clauses of their [licences]’, and threatens to seriously undermine ‘fair and healthy competition in the sector’. Failure to comply, it says, could result in ‘a formal sanctioning procedure … against them’.
In its financial report for the first half of 2020, Moov’s parent company reported a significant cut in its interconnection tariff for terminating national mobile calls, down from AED0.33 (USD0.08986) per minute to AED0.16 per minute, as of January 2020.