Telecoms regulators in the East African Community (EAC) should back the call by Kenya’s Communications Authority for a flat Internet data roaming cost. This plan is good and addresses the irregular and exorbitant cross-border roaming charges in the region. This proposed option opens up the entire East Africa Internet access to Ugandans, Rwandans, Kenya, and Tanzanians. It is good for brisk Internet data business transaction.
Moreover, it affords great convenience to data users and brings roaming costs down. This also makes data services more accessible, and enables users do business more efficiently across borders. This arrangement also evens out roaming charges across telecoms in EAC.
In short, this mutual plan would mean cross-border data access between Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania would be downgraded to affordable domestic rates. Therefore, all cross-over Internet users from EAC member countries will be charged only as much as domestic data users on the same network without any surcharge.
In sum, harmonised and lower roaming Internet data tariffs make communication more accessible, quicker, cheaper and more convenient for East Africans. This is why the region’s communications regulators should get-up-and-go with the initiative. The regional telecom regulators should come on board, quickly adopt, and work out a rollout plan.
Source: All Africa