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Draft Wireless Broadband Spectrum Policy Guidelines 2014

June 9, 2014

The current ICT Sector Policy Guidelines were gazetted on 21st March 2006. The aim of the policy guidelines then was to create more transparent and stable legal and regulatory framework, with an emphasis on opening certain market segments, such as mobile voice and broadband, to competition. The goal was to attract investment and make progress toward universal access to basic telecommunication services. Since then the sector has seen innovation, convergence of services, and growing competition. Encouraging effective competition has proved to be the best way to promote ICT sector development and consumer accessibility.

A growing array of broadband wireless systems are now available, opening the way for users in our country to access the Internet on mobile phones and other handheld devices. Demand for new broadband applications and services, in combination with the arrival of smart phones and tablets; have created the beginning of a dramatic shift in industry structure and relationships.

These changes now require a further policy shift to update spectrum management practices in order to foster growth in broadband networks and converged services. The idea is to move towards the next wave of the ICT sector reform in the country.

The Ministry has drafted the Wireless Broadband Spectrum Policy guidelines for review and stakeholders are invited to participate in the review of the draft. The outcome of the review process is expected to be a comprehensive new policy document that will guide the management of the scarce wireless broadband spectrum resource.

Stakeholders are invited to download the Draft Wireless Broadband Spectrum Policy Guidelines at Substantive comments with specific proposals for amendments to the draft policy should be sent to: by close of business Friday 13th June 2014.


The Principal Secretary,

Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology,

10th Floor TelPosta Towers, Koinange Street

P.O. Box 30095-00100, Nairobi, Kenya


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Source: AllAfrica

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