CA wins global award for innovative spectrum policies

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

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The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has won a global award for innovation in formulating policies that enhance efficient utilisation of spectrum.

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The award by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) recognizes one policy-maker or regulator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in adopting and implementing policies making more spectrum available on an opportunistic basis.

The Authority has in recent years demonstrated a conviction of improving the well-being of Kenya’s citizens by implementing rural connectivity initiatives, using shared spectrum.

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Mr. Tom Olwero, the Director Frequency Spectrum Management, received the award on behalf of the Director-General, Mrs.Mercy Wanjau.

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In his acceptance of the award, Mr. Olwero said the Authority is committed to improving broadband Internet access by incorporating innovative spectrum access techniques in the spectrum management approach.

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In the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, the Authority is developing dynamic spectrum access frameworks targeting under-utilised spectrum resources in unserved and underserved areas.

”The first framework covers the use of TV White Spaces while the second framework will cover spectrum use by Community Networks. A third framework is planned to cover a neutral host approach for mobile networks and dynamic spectrum access to improve mobile broadband Internet access in Kenya,’’ said Mr.Olwero.

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The Authority has regularly been engaging stakeholders, including the academia and industry, supported by the DSA to discuss the technical aspects of dynamic spectrum management.

The Authority has developed a framework for use of TV whitespace, which is scheduled for final approval this month.

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