Local Interconnect ( Voice & SMS)

Local Interconnect ( Voice & SMS)

Definition of Key Terms

  • "Affiliate" in relation toeither party to this contract means any company or other entity which,  directly or indirectly, controls such partyor is controlled by such party or is under common control with such party.


  • "Busy Hour" means thecontinuous one-hour period laying wholly in a given time interval for whichthe traffic or the number of Call Attempts are greatest which shall be agreedto between the parties.


  • *Call Attempt" means an attemptto achieve a connection to one or more devices attached to aTelecommunications Service


  • "Cellular TelecommunicationsService" means a Telecommunications Service that operates through aTelecommunications System that includes mobile services switching centres(each of which typically serves a number of "cells") whichestablish calls to and from mobile subscribers in their respective callservice areas, thereby generally allowing calls to be transferred from cellto cell without interruption. Cellular Telecommunications Services includeboth Voice Telephony Services and non-Voice Telephony Services that meet therequirements of this definition.


  • "Commercial traffic" meanstraffic exchanged between the parties after completion of the testing phaseas agreed by the parties. However, testing phase shall not exceed fifteen(15) days after the link installation.


  • "Communications" means Telecommunications,Radio Communications (as defined in the RWANDA Telecommunication law ) andpostal communications.


  • "Rwanda Utilities RegulatoryAgency. " means the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency established underthe RWANDA Telecommunication law.


  • "Rwanda Utilities RegulatoryAgency. Regulations" means the rules and regulations promulgated fromtime to time by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency. Pursuant to theauthority granted to it under the RWANDA Telecommunication law.


  • "Customer" means any personwho is provided with, or to whom an operator wishes to provide any relevantTelecommunications Service,


  • "Directory Enquiry Services"means a service pursuant to which an operator makes available to Customersupon request information contained in the operator's directory listings.Directory listings include any information identifying the names of Customersof the operator and such Customers' respective telephone numbers.


  • "Distribution Services"means Telecommunications Services using one or more Public Teleservices wherethe Telecommunication flows in one direction toward several reception points.


  • "Effective Date" shall meanthe date of execution of this Agreement by both Parties and in the  event of different dates of execution bythe Parties, the later of the said date shall apply.


  • "Erlang" means the unit of telephonestraffic recognized by the International Telecommunication Union.


  • "Final Service" means a typeof Telecommunications Service that provides the complete  capability including terminal equipmentfunctions. for Telecommunication using one or more Public Teleservicesbetween Customers according to protocols established by agreement betweenTelecommunications Services providers.


  • "Impairment of Service"means (i) any interference with or impairment of service over any facilities of a Party, its affiliated companies orits connecting and concurring carriers involved in its services, (ii) damageto the Telecommunications Apparatus of a Party, (iii) violation of anyapplicable law or regulation regarding the invasionof privacy of any Telecommunications carried over the Party's facilities or(iv) the Creation of hazards to the employees of either Party  or to the public.


  • ' I implementation Date" means the date on which the exchange of Commercial traffic  commences.


  • "International inbound transit traffic" shall mean traffic originating on international networks. terminating on either party's network Via the other party's network"


  • "MTN System" means the Telecommunications System established and / or to be expanded by MTN under the licence granted under RWANDA Telecommunication law, authorizing MTN to  establish, install, operate or otherwiseuse a fixed and / or mobile Telecommunications System to provide the licensedTeleservices.


  • 'Point of: Interconnection" means a mutually agreed upon point of demarcation where the exchange of trafficbetween the MTN System and the other Systemtakes place.


  • "Public Teleservices" has the meaning established in the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency.Regulations.


  • "Switch" means an element of a Telecommunications System associated with a set of circuits intended to interconnect temporarily on requestsuch circuits to constitute connections.


  • "Telecommunication Information" means information relating, which supports the determination of the payments provided for in Article 7 of this Agreement.The Party billing the Customer is responsible for obtaining such information,which may include the following: calling number called number, day on which a Communication was made, time ofcommencement of  such Communication duration of such chargeable Communication, the fee charged for Such Communication, routing information whether the Communication was successfully completed or not, and where appropriate, the area in which theCommunication was initiated or terminated,


  • "Telecommunications" meansthe emission. transmission or reception through the agency of electricity or electromagnetism of any sounds, signals. signs, writing, images or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagneticsystems whether or not such signs, signals, writing, images, sounds orintelligence have been subjected to rearrangement,  computation or other processes by any meansin the course of their transmission, emission or reception.


  • "Telecommunications Service"means a service consisting ofthe conveyance or reception of any sounds. signs, signals, writing or imagesby wire. optical or other electronically guided media systems whether or notsuch signs, signals, writing, images, sounds or interference have beensubjected to rearrangement, computation or other process by any means in thecourse of their transmission. emission or reception.


  • "Telecommunications System"means a: system or network used to provide Telecommunications Servicesregardless of the underlying technology used except that  'Telecommunications System" shall notinclude any broadcast systems.


  • "Trunk Capacity ResaleServices" means a type Of Telecommunications Service which, using aCarrier System. provides the necessary capacity to carry and routeTelecommunications signals constituting the main interconnection betweenTelecommunications Systems and networks and which allows the provision ofFinal Services, Distribution Services and Value Added Services.


  • " System" means theTelecommunications System established and / or to be expanded by  under the licence granted under RWANDATelecommunication law, authorizing theOperatorto establish, install, operate or otherwise use a fixed end / or mobile  Telecommunications System to provide thelicensed Tele-services.


  • "Value-Added Services" meanssuch services thatmay be available overTelecommunications System in addition to Voice Telephony Service, andspecifically those services listed as '"Value-added Services" inthe Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency Regulations.


  • 'Voice Telephony Service" meansthe Telecommunications Service that provides Customers With the ability to conductreal-time two-way speech conversation via a network.


  • "Working Day" means any dayfrom Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.


Scope of interconnection

ThisAgreement establishes the conditions under which aTelecommunication Network and MTN Telecommunication Network may beinterconnected to provide continuous Telecommunications Services, ThisAgreement establishes how the parties provide service, support, serve andinvoice each other for Telecommunications Services provided.


Interconnect Tariffs

Voice: 5 RWF per MINUTE   and SMS: 1 RWF PER SMS

Point of Interconnect and related facilities

2-013-1    and   2-014-7

Network and Facility changes

A. Each Party shall inform the other assoon as practicable about any major changes that are planned in its networkor services that may have an influence on the other's predictions of traffic.

B. TheParties shall use their best endeavours to forecast traffic.

C. Each Party shallinform the other without delay about any problem that may or will occurregarding its ability to meet the required capacity demand.


Traffic measurement and routing

A.The parties agree that no interconnect fees shall be levied by either partyagainst the other party in respect of calls made to the emergency numbers 112, calls made to an invalid defective ornon-existent number, un answered calls and calls made to a called station that isalready engaged.

B.The measuring of a call's duration shall commence when the telecommunicationsequipment by which such call is to be received or the telecommunicationsequipment or any other facility which provides an automatic response if connectioncannot be affected to such telecommunications equipment, generates an answer signal across therelevant point of interconnection.

Infrastructure sharing and colocation

Sites Sharing where necessary.


Each Party shall send the other a report of theamount due for all traffic completed by its Telecommunications System fortermination on or through the other Party's Telecommunications System at theend of every month. This report shall be sent within fourteen (14) calendardays after the close of the month for which the report is made. Thedetermination of the amount due shall include;

(a) The amountof traffic completed by its Telecommunications System on or through the otherParty's Telecommunications System in minutes handled during the month, brokendown by type of traffic: and

(b) The valueof the invoice amounts for such traffic. broken down by type of traffic andcalculated at the individual accounting rates agreed between the parties-Each operator should measure the traffic crossing the Point ofInterconnection based on the number of calls and minutes by time band,

(c) A partyreceiving the traffic data shall have fifteen (15) days in which to reconcile,accept or refuse any off the traffic. If 'no complaints is raised withinfifteen (15) days, then the same shall be deemed accepted by the other Party.

(d) Invoicesshall be issued upon acceptance of Traffic reconciliation by each party fortheir respective incoming traffic.


Quality of service

The partiesexpressly undertake to adhere to minimum quality of service standards andwill provide quality services to each other which shall be governed by theService level Agreement.

Format of data interchange

A. Partieswill always transmit the calling line identification (CLI) transparently. Thesending party shall convey to the receiving party the CLI in internationalformat for transit traffic, if provided by international carrier, and innational format for domestic traffic. Any traffic without the CLI will beblocked.

B. Each Partyshall provide appropriate information including, but not limited to informationregarding network control and management, as is reasonably required by theother Party for interconnection of their systems and provision ofTelecommunications Services and facilities.