21 September 2012

Kenya: CCK Gets New Board Chairman

BUSINESSMAN Ben Gituku is the new Communication Commission of Kenya board chairman. He takes over from Phillip Okundi who has quit to join politics. Gituku has been a CCK director since February this year and has previously served on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Kenya Pipeline Company boards. Gituku has also worked with various local newspapers.

He holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Meteorology from the University of Nairobi and a diploma in marketing. Gituku takes over the regulatory body when it is undertaking key transformation activities. The most urgent is the planned switch-off of counterfeit phones. Gituku said stopping the entry of these handsets is top priority.

The industry is also awaiting CCK's decision on the Mobile Termination Rates, after a two year delay. "The board will meet on the 27th, and make a decision that is final," he said on phone. The country is also trying to beat a self imposed 2012 deadline to migrate from analogue to digital before the 2015 international deadline.

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