Tanzania, Rwanda scrap roaming charges

19Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania, Rwanda scrap roaming charges

TANZANIA and Rwanda have joined a programme that will significantly reduce cost of communication between the two countries.

A statement released at the weekend by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said the two countries have embraced a special programme called Smart Africa-One Network Area in African continent and other developing countries

Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, Rwandan government chief innovation officer Antione Sebera said the costly roaming charges will be scraped off under the alliance system.

He spoke during the visit by Rwandan Minister for Information, Communication Technology and Innovation Paula Ingabire who was accompanied by her Tanzanian counterpart and host Dr Faustine Ndugulile.

 Sebera said Tanzania and Rwanda will collaborate in harmonising communication services under the Smart Africa Alliance Programme that will also benefit all East African Communication Organisation (EACO) Member States as part of Developing countries.

Addressing the press after the Joint Tanzania-Rwanda Communication Ministers’ bilateral relations discussions, Dr Ndugulile said as a Hubble of communication Services for East and Central Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda have unanimously agreed to collaborate on improvement of communication infrastructures so as to deliver quality and reliable communication services.

He said the two countries will also collaborate on Human Resource capacity building and Technical Experts Exchange Programmethat will complement the long cherished bilateral relations between the two countries.

Dr Ndugulile identified other areas of bilateral relations collaboration as coordination of FM and TV Frequency Spectrum Planning, preparations of different Regulations and Guidelines for communication services and Preparations of ITU World Radio Communications Conferences (WRC).

Ingabire thanked Tanzania for the cordial welcome, adding that the two countries are determined to build a reliable digital economy that would accelerate development in the two countries.

She added that ICT sector has cross-cutting benefits to people from all walks of life and to almost all sectors country-wide contributing to improved living standards of people with sustainable development countries concerned.

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