- June 13, 2018
- Posted by: Adrian Hall
- Category: More Africa News
By the end of 2018, people living on the borders of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan will automatically connect to the mobile network of neighboring countries. The forced roaming to which they were subjected will be permanently settled, said Ally Simba, the executive secretary of the East African Organization of Communications (EACO), at the opening of the 25th meeting which is held from 11 to 15 June 2018, in Nairobi.
Forced roaming will disappear with the completion of the cross-border mobile frequency coordination exercise, already 90% executed by the East African Community member states. Currently, the telecom regulator of each country verifies that the exercise has unfolded flawlessly.
According to Ally Simba, solving the problem of forced roaming, caused by interference from cross-border mobile networks, will allow people in these areas to no longer pay high costs for accessing mobile telecommunications services.
While the One Area Network project has significantly reduced the cost of mobile roaming, Peter Munya, the Kenyan Minister for East Africa Community and Northern Corridor Development, said that allowing users to save a few cents, even a few cents is not useless. This enhances the purchasing power of consumers.