NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Plans to harmonize East Africa mobile tariffs to create
a single mobile network face hurdles as some nations
fear that their telecoms could suffer losses, officials
said on Monday.
Communication Authority of Kenya Director General
Francis Wangusi told Xinhua in Nairobi that once a
country is not sure of the consequences of the one area
network, it needs to be conscious not to find itself
making a mistake.
that one of the things hindering the adoption of the
single network is the fear of illegal termination of
international traffic purporting to be local calls.
already experiencing cases where calls from outside East
African Community (EAC) are being illegally terminated
locally and then relayed as a local calls and this is
denying revenues to local telecoms,” he added.
The one area
network was introduced in 2014, but so far only Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan have joined the single
member states such as Burundi and Tanzania are not yet
part of the network that seeks to ensure that all intra-EAC
calls are treated as local calls.
regulator is seeking to purchase a device management
system to monitor its network so as to prevent the
illegal termination of internationals and raise the
credibility of the single network.
that EAC partner states are set to have a meeting
towards the end of month in order to discuss ways to
overcome the challenges.