Kenya: Lost opportunities for growth in ICT Sector
(East African Standard) --
Attempts by the regulator to revolutionise ICT have been jumbled, scaring off foreign investment from an otherwise lucrative sector.
The new licensing framework was expected to ensure that Kenya has a more dynamic and competitive information and communication technology environment, improved access to infrastructure and services, as well as options in the provision of communications services that address the socio-economic needs of our society.
In specific terms, the strategy allows cellular mobile operators (GSM) to construct and operate their own international gateways, meaning that they can directly generate and terminate international calls and Internet services without going through the incumbent national operator, Telkom Kenya. It opens up the Internet market by allowing anyone with demonstrated capacity to put up international gateways to rival JamboNet, with a view to providing choice and better services to consumers.
It liberalises the VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services, clearing away previous restrictions on satellite communications and even allows telecom operators to pass voice traffic over the Internet Protocol (VoIP).
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Source: East African Standard
Contact: John Walu