Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a “One-Network-Area” by 31st December 2014.
The launch of the One-Network-Area will eliminate roaming charges among the four countries. There will also be a significant drop in cost of calls within these countries by an average of 60%.
Operators within the region shall be required to re-negotiate their bilateral agreements to ensure the full implementation of the One-Network Area by 1st September 2014 for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda and 31st December 2014 for South Sudan.
Subscribers travelling within the corridor will be charged as local subscribers in the visited country network. The subscriber will only incur prevailing calling rates of the visited network similar to what local subscribers pay.
The One-Network-Area is being implemented following a directive of the 5th Heads of State Summit held in Kenya back in May 2014. At another summit in Rwanda on July 03, the leaders expressed satisfaction with progress.
Rwanda Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said: “Regional telecoms and governments need to work together to achieve seamless roaming in the Northern Corridor which comprises Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan.”
Nasasira, Uganda’s Minister of ICT said: “It is important that our regional telecom operators work together to make this communication milestone a reality.”