TCRA to announce new telecoms rules soon, paper says

24 Jan 2012

An unconfirmed report in the Tanzania Daily News says that the industry regulator, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), will soon implement new rules requiring mobile operators to inform their customers of the roaming rates they are charged for making calls outside of Tanzania’s national borders. The paper reports that new resolutions passed by the East African Communications Organizations (EACO) will oblige bodies such as the TCRA to usher in clearer rules and regulations showing what East Africans will be charged when using their phones outside their home countries. Under the current regime domestic operator are not required to inform subscribers of such charges, often resulting in bills that consumers were not expecting. The new rules will be aimed at lowering roaming charges and empowering consumers, and will mean that Vodacom Tanzania, Tigo and Airtel Tanzania will have to provide their subscribers with roaming rates agreed on with other regional operators such as Safaricom, MTN or Orange.