TogoCel to launch 4G technology this year
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Togo mobile market leader Togo Cellulaire (TogoCel), a subsidiary of government-controlled Togo Telecom, announced that it would introduce the 4G technology in 2015 to help its subscribers change gear and travel faster in the internet lane.
Details of the launch are still sketchy at this stage. However, if the promise made recently by Togo minister of posts and digital economy Cina Lawson about the country preparing to experience a high speed internet, then TogoCel announcement needs to be taken seriously.
But, the news seems to have caught internet users off guard and generated a heated debate in this tiny West African nation, where the internet connectivity remains unstable and inconsistent, and prices are higher compared to the region.
“This is ridiculous. What are these guys thinking? Their 3G connection is still giving us the chill in the spine, and instead of improving the quality, they are running away far ahead of the reality on the ground,” college student Emmanuel Akpe said in the capital Lomé on Sunday.
TogoCel covers 75% of the Togolese territory and is said to have about three million users in this impoverished nation of about five million people.
The company is also the sole holder of the 3G licence at the expense of Moov Togo, the second operator that was recently taken over by Maroc Telecom.
Another mobile operator is set to enter the market this year to try to shove TogoCel and Moov Togo.
The government appears to be under pressure to bring serious reforms in the telecom sector to make way for new entrants to help lower the telecommunication prices deemed too high for the average Togolese.