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Regional roaming in Africa detailed in ITU report

Following the launch of the ITU ‘Let's roam the world’ initiative that builds on previous work on international mobile roaming, a new report on the ONA (One Network Area) in East Africa initiative that shows that despite price reductions, and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies and calling solutions, prices are still high, and actions are still being taken by regulators to make roaming affordable to all consumers. The East African ONA is based on a set of regulatory interventions, specifically: eliminating charges for receiving voice calls while roaming in Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda if the call originates in one of these countries; a waiver of excise taxes and surcharges on incoming ONA voice traffic while establishing wholesale and retail price caps on outbound ONA traffic; and requiring mobile network operators (MNOs) to re-negotiate with their roaming partners to reduce wholesale tariffs. Similar regulatory efforts are emerging around the world, in ASEAN countries, Europe, other parts of Africa, etc. Thus, the East African initiative has global significance as an early test of regional regulation of roaming. Meanwhile from 31 March 2017 roaming charges will no longer apply between the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Senegal, reports Senegalese paper Le Soleil, after regulators of the five states signed a memorandum of understanding. ITU report here

  • Monday, 12 December 2016

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