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NEWSFLASH:

Since 31 march 2017, 6 countries namely Burkina Faso, Cote D’ivoire, Guinee, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo of West Africa created free roaming zone under the leadership of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA). Users can now receive calls without any extra charges when traveling within the given countries. WATRA is working very hard with countries to ensure that everybody within ECOWAS sub region can free roaming.

About WATRA

The West Africa Telecommunication Regulators Assembly (WATRA) was established in November 2004. Its current membership is fifteen (15) countries with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. WATRA consists of independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and departments for regulation of Telecommunications services established by governments of member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and Mauritania.

WATRA comprises of there (3) institutions namely: The Conference of Regulator, The Executive Committee and The Secretariat. The Secretariat is the Administrative organ of WATRA.

Emerging and current trends in technology development in the telecommunications industry typified by convergence and the rapid development of digital technology have continued to call for innovative and pragmatic regulatory models, a departure from traditional regulations.

WATRA was born out of the need to address present realities in the telecommunications industry in the sub-region while focusing on the need for West Africa to evolve a harmonised regulatory identity to boost investment and investor-confidence and to more effectively regulate and monitor telecommunications service.

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Workshop

Summary table meetings & workshop in 2017

Activity Term Participants Objectives Venue Period
AGM 2016 1x2 days Country delegations Annual program LIBERIA 27-28 April
Workshop on Quality of services and validation of study on QoS with ITU 1x4 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on the quality of services To be determined To be determined
Workshop on the follow up of the road map for the establishment of raoming free in our sub region West Africa 1x3 days Engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on the establishment of raoming free in our sub region West Africa SENEGAL To be determined
Workshop on 5G network and spectrum harmonization in West Africa 1x4 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on the use of digital dividend and 5G To be determined To be determined
Workshop on OTT challenges policy and regulation 1x4 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on OTT regulation To be determined To be determined
Workshop on infrastructure sharing regulation 1x4 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines To be determined To be determined
ICANN and gTLD management system and Ecosystem 1x2 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on gTLD management LIBERIA 25, 26 APRIL 2017
WRC 19 preparatory meeting 1x3 days Managers, engineers and technicians Recommendations and guidelines on West africa common position To be determined To be determined