Multinational - PTA Telecommunications Network Inter-connectivity and Tariff Study

Project Summary

Approval Date 01 Sep 1993
Signature Date 08 Feb 1994
Planned Completion Date 31 Jul 2000
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Jul 2000
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Communications
DAC Sector Code 22020
Commitment U.A 658,242.63
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA) Telecommunications Network Inter-connectivity and Tariff Study, which is being undertaken under the framework of the second United Nations Transport and Communications Decade in Africa (UNCTACTDA II) programme whose objective, among others, is to identify and promote projects for sub-regional integration will complement the RASCOM Project. Lack of an optimized network and interconnectivity as well as the high tariffs are considered the most important factors contributing to the low inter-state traffic within the PTA area. Therefore, the implementation of the study recommendations will enhance the use of the RASCOM space segment significantly. The study components are as follows: i) to undertake a telecommunications network interconnectivity study; ii) to review the tariff structure and levels in the sub-region. At the end of the study, this sub-region will have an investment programme to assist in the improvement and integration of the network.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the study are to define an optimum network configuration and interconnectivity plan within PTA member countries for satellite, submarine and terrestrial links as well as to develop a coherent, harmonious and durable tariff structure for the full range of telecommunications services offered in order to foster better communication required for socio-economic integration of the sub-region.


The beneficiaries of the project are the populations of the countries of the sub-region, estimated at 200 million inhabitants. However, the most important impact will be on the business sector who demand for more reliable and faster services by using a reliable efficient and optimised network.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-GB0-002
Last Update 26 May 2020


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