Moov and Togocel get slapped on the fingers by ARCEP, for obstructing competition

(Agence Ecofin) – In Togo, Arcep calls on the mobile telephone operators Togocel and Moov to put an end to price differentiation practices, which are harmful to competition. The two operators have a period of 8 days (until November 20), to remedy these breaches of their specifications.

In Togo, ARCEP, the regulatory authority for the telecoms sector, is raising its tone against the two telephone operators operating in the country, Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Atlantique Télécom Togo (Moov), for practices that could affect free competition, report Togo First.

Indeed, in a recent note, the regulatory agency gives notice to the two entities «for practices of differentiating the tariffs for on-net (intra-network) and off-net (inter-network) communications ”.

Concretely, they are both accused of making calls between numbers of their respective networks, cheaper than those between numbers belonging to two different (Togolese) networks. This maneuver, which could potentially discourage calls to the competing network (which are mechanically more expensive), is “In violation of the clauses of their specifications”, and “Seriously undermines fair and healthy competition in the sector”.

On November 12, ARCEP therefore called on the two players, who together occupy most of the market, to remedy these shortcomings within 08 days.

They therefore have until the end of this work week (Friday, November 20, 2020), to regularize this situation. Otherwise, “A formal sanctioning procedure could be initiated against them”.

In addition, in its financial report for the first half of 2020, the parent company of Moov-Togo notes the halving of national call termination, from 33 cents of dirham a few minutese in 2019, at 16 cents dirham per minute, as of January 2020.

Also called interconnection tariff, this termination is the amount per minute that a telecom operator has to pay, to have his call pass through another network.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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