East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries currently pay overseas carriers to exchange local (intra-continental) traffic on their behalf, resulting in a costly, slow and inefficient exchange of African inter-country traffic via overseas hubs.
With the objective of promoting the exchange of intra-Africa internet traffic within the continent, Nathan delivered policy and regulatory, commercial, and technical advice to the member states. We developed the Regional Interconnection Policies, Regulations, and Guidelines. This project facilitated cross-border broadband interconnections among EAC and SADC member states by improving policy for cross-border broadband interconnections in the region.
Nathan completed the following tasks: Gap analysis and baseline assessment of cross-border interconnection regimes, assessment of national and regional telecom infrastructure and existing interconnection agreements, cross-border interconnection regulation workshops for stakeholders: policy-makers, regulators and operators in EAC and SADC member states, drafting of EAC cross-border regulations, explanatory notes, Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO), drafting SADC Interconnection Policy Framework or Guidelines and Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO).