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Kenya’s Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Is On Policy

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BY PETER NALIKA, 7 AUGUST 2013

A mega part of Kenya’s telecommunication industry relies on the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology policies’ despite most of its activities leaning more on the telecom side i.e. the great role in money transfer and the usage of data.

Francis Wangusi, the Director General, Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel introduced two captains to the Kenyan telecommunication industry.

The two, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and Mr. Joseph Tiampati ole Musumi, the Principal Secretary met various CxOs from the telecom industry to discuss in house issues that will help achieve great prosperity on the telecommunication industry operations. 150, number of licenses issued by CCK to Kenya’s telecommunication industry

Matiang’i noted that the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology is interested in having constant and regular conversations with the regulator (CCK) and industry players that will create a facilitative environment for telecoms to do business. He says the ministry won’t micro manage the regulator, but will only discuss policies to be implemented by CCK.

The cabinet secretary suggested that CCK should get to a substantive position of delivering proposals to the Ministry on how the telecommunication industry can grow to create predictable business-operating environments.

Cable vandalism The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology is in talks with the Ministry of Energy to develop a framework that will protect vandalization of telecom infrastructure as a contribution to the infrastructure development.

Matiang’i says his Ministry will appoint two representatives from the telecom industry to the Universal Service Advisory Council to aid the facilitation of infrastructure development in the telecommunication sector. With a significant number of Kenyans accessing the Internet, through the National Broadband strategy, the Ministry will ensure that a every household is connected to the Internet.

Sharing the telecom infrastructure:

The big challenge to Kenya’s telecommunication industry is having mobile phone networks in various underserved areas of the country.

Mr. Joseph Tiampati ole Musumi, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology suggested the possibility of infrastructure sharing i.e. telecommunication players to share infrastructure for instance masts in order to reduce costs and penetrate various parts of the country.

Richard Bell, CEO, Wananchi Group, one of the Triple play companies in attendance complained about some historical mechanical issues that needed to be addressed before undertaking new innovations, for example CCK undermining private sector operations. He advised that old issues should be put to bed before bring new things to the table, “For instance the government should understand the significant of signaling to the private sectors.” Says Bell.

The country is losing a lot in terms of interconnectivity between private sector and the public sector especially on sharing ICT infrastructure. Joshua Chepkowny, Jamii Telecommunication Limited expressed his concern on the rate at which Kenyan Urban Roads Authority (KURA) interferes with telecommunication infrastructure during road construction.

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Taken from AllAfrica: http://allafrica.com/stories/201308070396.html

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