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Single telephone network in Africa

It will also remove the roaming charges to receive and make calls.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 01-04-2018 16:41 IST
Single telephone network in Africa

Smart Africa aims to create a unique African market. That's 1.2 billion consumers, Inter-African traffic will increase and inter-African business will increase. (Image credit: Pixabay)

A unique telephone network could soon be established in Africa. This is, in any case, the main subject that was on the agenda of the fourth meeting of telecommunications regulators in Gabon.

A meeting that allowed telecom experts to discuss the technical, legal and economic ways and means for the implementation of this unique African network whose objective is to enable Africans to move from one country to another without the need for a local SIM card, as per ATS.

It will also remove the roaming charges to receive and make calls. "Smart Africa aims to create a unique African market. That's 1.2 billion consumers, Inter-African traffic will increase, inter-African business will increase, African trade will increase, " said Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of Smart Africa.

Since 2013 at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, the idea of a continental telephone network has been issued. Five years later, the project is struggling to take shape, but steps are being taken to make it a reality by 2025, as per ATS.

Moreover, it has been successfully tested in four African countries. " We broke these barriers in the four countries, namely Rwanda, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. The traffic made an 800 percent increase. In fact, income has increased for operators," said Hamadoun Touré.

For the time being, only 22 African countries have joined the project, but other countries will have to be added to the list by the time the project is actually launched.


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