CA says new board to approve sharing of 4G services

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By Ronald Owili

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The Communications Authority of Kenya is awaiting the constitution of a new board that will be tasked with approving mechanisms of sharing spectrum for 4G services among mobile phone operators in the country.

Director General Francis Wangusi says the new board will also approve licensing mobile phone operators seeking to roll out 4G services that has been allocated 30 percent of spectrum.

This comes as ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru assured the country that the recruiting process of a new CA board will be without outside interference.

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Legitimacy issues that surrounded the former CA board saw the communications authority delay in approving issuance of 4G licenses as well as sharing out available spectrum among the mobile phone operators.

Currently, only Safaricom has the license to operate high speed 4G, on trial basis even as Mucheru says the sector is still ripe for more operators as others fold up.

Similarly, the communications authority has launched a modern spectrum management and monitoring system in the country.

At a cost of 9.5 billion shillings, CA says the new system will improve response time as any illegal spectrum use is detected immediately and remotely, reducing response time which previously went unnoticed.

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