EAC States to Cut Calling Rates
East African Community States have started the process of cutting roaming rates charged by mobile operators in the region. They are in the process of recruiting a firm that will study the regional mobile telephony market and make recommendations on measures required to bring down roaming charges.
The firm will also draft a policy and regulatory framework on International Mobile Roaming Services (IMRS) within the region, which will then be discussed by the EAC partner States before being adopted.
The consultant is expected to begin research across EAC member countries in January 2015, produce a report and draft framework ready by end of April.
Lower roaming rates are expected to deepen economic integration within the region as well as harmonise ICT offerings within the Community. The expected result would be to increase choices available to consumers as well as grow penetration of services in the region.
“The EAC has set aside funds in its 2014/2015 budget for the purpose of developing a policy and regulatory framework for international mobile roaming services and it intends to use part of the money to procure a consultancy that will undertake the assignment,” said the EAC secretariat in a statement.
The objective of the consultancy is to develop an appropriate policy framework and regulatory framework for IMRS, based on the assessment of the prevailing market and regulatory environ-