RURA Director General Maj. Patrick Nyirishema and the Vice President of ARPTC, Kasindi Maotela Odon after signing the MoU
Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), on May 31, 2017, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DR Congo’s telecommunication regulator known in French as Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunication du Congo (ARPTC), to jointly resolve cross-border telecom-related issues between the two neighbouring countries.
RURA is a statutory organ for Rwanda on international issues pertaining to Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The pact was signed in Kigali between the Director General of RURA, Maj. Patrick Nyirishema and the Vice President of ARPTC, Kasindi Maotela Odon. The event was also attended by delegations from the two institutions.
RURA Director General said that the framework was a result of good cooperation between the countries.
“In the field of telecommunication, we have infrastructures on both sides which are effective for the people of our two countries. A tower on one side can overshoot and transmit across the border.”
He further noted that improper frequency coordination, power levers and other technical issues can be the origin of interference and automatic roaming for both citizen of Rwanda and DRC, without being detected.
“This formalized framework harmonizes policies and regulations to resolve such technicalities in real time without prolonged procedures that used to affect both sides,” he added.
ARPTC Vice President, Kasindi welcomed the framework saying that it will effectively resolve technical problems and benefit both citizens of the two countries.
“This MoU translate the spirit of fraternity for the benefits of our citizenry,” Kasindi said.
In the East African Community (EAC), similar issues are coordinated through the East African Communication Organizations (EACO).