Telecoms – In Brief


The East African One Area Network initiative which seeks to reduce the cost of telecom services between partner states plus South Sudan has registered success with voice calls and now plans are underway to extend it to other services, Kenya’s Minister for ICT Fred Matiang’i said.  “Our assessment is that the One Area network has caused tremendous change. Traffic has grown 935% in the last three months after the abolition of roaming charges,” Matiangi told the Connect East Africa conference in Kwale recently. “The impact is amazing. If it was costing you Ksh30 (about 30 US cents) to roam, it now costs Ksh 10. Our estimation is that it reduces calling costs by over 60 percent.”

Mobile operator Airtel DRC has signed international recording artist Papa Wemba as a brand ambassador in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 3 years. Papa Wemba will contribute to the "Congo my country, Airtel my network" campaign launched in June 2014. The artist, who is popular across all age groups, will take part in musical, cultural and social projects for Airtel DRC.