The East African Community is back to its quest for lower intra-regional roaming for data, voice calls and SMS under the One Area Network. To set off the process, the Secretariat has tendered for an information, communications and technology expert to develop a framework that will lead to eliminating charges for voice calls among partner states.
A technical meeting held in Nairobi on February 25, 2023 also decided that the EAC develop the regulatory framework for mobile money for cross-border financial transactions, as Burundi and Tanzania race against time to adopt the ONA by the August 30, 2023 deadline.
The roaming framework, which provides for the harmonisation of mobile calling and data charges had so far only been implemented by Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and South Sudan.
In an advert, the EAC said it is seeking to reduce the high cost of intra-regional roaming that is “detrimental to the EAC integration agenda.”
“The assignment consists of developing a harmonised regional framework for roaming and traffic exchange in the EAC to support the implementation of the common market and subsequently develop a roadmap for the implementation of the frameworks for data and voice calls and SMS within the EAC region,” the advert reads.
Source : Theeastafrican