13 April 2014

Kenya: CCK Says Safaricom Must Share Infrastructure

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has moved to clarify that sharing of infrastructure is mandatory and no mobile network operator will be spared in utilizing excess spectrum.

According to CCK Director General Francis Wangusi, this requirement is part of the amended 2013 regulations that require the operators to share their infrastructure.

"They have enough capacity from the resources we have given them. The must henceforth inculcate the culture of sharing," said Wangusi, adding that further regulations will be drafted to ensure that both 'active' and 'passive' sharing is captured.

The draft regulations that will guide the sharing of infrastructure, said the DG, will be out by September this year and are likely to be a hybrid of over 14 regulations guiding various areas including spectrum utilization, quality of service and broadcasting among others.

The CCK boss argued that the shared resources will also act as a source of income for the operators who will now rent their excess spectrum and infrastructure.

This is in response to complaints from market leader Safaricom which has been compelled to share its mobile money infrastructure for it to complete its yuMobile takeover bid together with competitor Airtel Kenya.

Through its CEO Bob Collymore, Safaricom has said the new terms by the CCK are pretty onerous even giving signs that the firm might walk away from the deal.

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