Robert Kondema Kargbo (in photo), one of the Commissioner of National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), left the shores of Sierra Leone on the 26th March 2019 to attend a conference on Roaming and the Implementation of the Regulations in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria on the 28 to 29 March 2019.
The commissioner made a presentation and evaluation of the implementation of the Abidjan protocol on public mobile communications network within the ECOWAS sub-region.
Commissioner Kargbo in his presentation, informed individual representatives from various telecommunications regulatory authorities within the sub region that, the government of Sierra Leone reiterated its commitment to the implementations of the ECOWAS one network which was why after the project was launched in 2017, several bilateral multilateral consultation were held to ensure its implementations.
Commissioner Kargbo said that during the first week of March, a Memorandum of understanding was signed among NATCOM, ARPT and LTA to commence the process during which meeting, Mr Kargbo said was agreed that the first 300 minutes free calls should be treated as local calls and after their exhaustion, the customer will pay a little sum per minute making their calls as local roaming.
Commissioner also informed the gathering that several meetings have been held with ARPT Guinea and LTA, Liberia to kick start the implementation of one network within the Mano River Basin. This, he said is a step towards achieving overreaching goal of ECOWAS with regards roaming.
He reiterated the fact that plans are on the way by NATCOM for the implementation of roaming which will take place on or before 30th June. 2019, and that his institution is also discussing with mobiles companies in country on the way forward with regards roaming.
Robert Kondema Kargbo informed this writer that the specific objectives of the meeting were such as reviewing the status of implementations of obligations of various stakeholders; learn from the achievements and issues encountered in the implementations of the obligations of various Abidjan protocols on roaming in order to give renewed momentum to the implementation of ECOWAS regulations; constitutes a facilitation Group for the implementation for the ECOWAS regulations on roaming who will assist the ECOWAS commission and member states respectively in the coordination and implementations.
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