Mobile traffic up as One Network Area comes into effect

Mobile traffic up as One Network Area comes into effect

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East African countries have recorded an increase in telecommunications traffic attributed to the One Network Area agreement.

According to the latest data from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), there has been an increase in mobile phone traffic of 16.9 per cent to 19.1 million minutes, up from 16.3 million minutes posted during the past quarter.

“The increase in traffic within East Africa can be attributed to the opening up of the East African Community borders and increased activities under the Northern Corridor integration projects,” CA said in its third quarter report.

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda hammered out the One Network Area agreement under the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Integration Framework, which also includes non-EAC member South Sudan. Previously, East African residents had to pay very high cross-border calling rates due to numerous duties imposed by individual governments.

“We believe that the reduced calling rates will improve communication and stimulate growth in the telecommunications sector, which has become an important contributor to member countries’ gross domestic product,” Kenya’s Information Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said during the signing of the agreement.

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