In a move seeking to reduce the cost of doing cross-border trade within the East African countries, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South have reached an understanding. That will see to it that the cost of sending SMS between the member states slashed significantly as part of the ‘One Network Area’ arrangement.
The proposed slashed prices are said to take effect come October 2015 during the heads of state meeting in Nairobi at the 11th Northern Corridor Integration Project Summit. Currently, the participating East African countries, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan are working on reducing the cost of sending an SMS to drop to Ksh.1.
It has however emerged that subscribers in Uganda will have to wait a bit longer. Given the telecommunication companies in that country are yet to implement the proposal on tax removal on SMS and data roaming services all the other three countries. South Sudan subscribers will also not benefit as soon as the deal is implemented because the communications oversight authority lacks the constitutional ground to handle such matters.
These two countries will probably take about two months to execute the agreement reached …read more
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