Activation of Universal Access in Kenya

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Activation of Universal Access in Kenya

  1. 1. ACTIVATION OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN KENYA
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Outlook of sector 2. Legal and regulatory framework provisions 3. ICT Access Gaps 4. Regulatory Interventions/Challenges 5. Glimpse of Techno-Park underway
  3. 3. Sector Overview in figures Kenya’s Area coverage - 582,646 Sq. KM Population 40 Million 4 mobile operators 1 fixed line operator 29.6 million mobile subscribers Mobile Terrestrial coverage – 30% Mobile signal Population coverage - 70% Sector liberalized in 1999  Outlook in 2012:
  4. 4. Legislation Provision Kenya Information & Communications Act, Cap 411 A (2010) Established Universal Service Fund (USF) Levy Guide – Max. of 1% of Gross Revenues of licencees Established the Universal Service Access Council principle ( to consist of a maximum of 7 members)
  5. 5. ICT Sector Policy Guidelines – 2006 Access by all citizens Promote availability of internet Ensure education and training Affordable prices of ICT services Financing Options – Government; USF; PPP
  6. 6. ICT access Gaps Study - 2011 Internet Market Study - 2006 Universal Access Study – 2004 Identifying the Access Gap
  7. 7. Access Gaps in ICT Voice Gaps 1. Population (11%) 2. Geographical Coverage (66%) Data Gaps 1. Population (72%) 2. Geographical Coverage ( 97%) Gap Study reviewed various structures and institutional frameworks and recommended extension of reach through investment subsidies
  8. 8. Regulator’s Initiatives • Effected in 2006Creation of Unit to deal with Universal Access • Ksh 1 Billion = USD 11.8m=GBP 7.4 m Provision of seed capital for Fund • School-based ICT Centres • ICT Centres in Learning institutions for PWDs • E-Resources Centres in Public Libraries • Web Portal for PWDs • National Broadband Strategy Initiated pilot projects
  9. 9. USF Implementation Challenges • The Fund is established by Law but the contribution has not commenced • Appointment to the Universal Service Advisory Council has not taken place • New Constitution requirements – US measures must be able to meeting demands from the county government in a devolved system
  10. 10. KONZA CITY – AFRICAN SILICON VALLEY Kenya gaining recognition as Africa’s hub for ICT investment
  11. 11. Kenya’s ICT market size - $2.5B (2012) $4.5B (2017) Konza City ( $8 B smart city) to be developed over 20yrs via PPP Konza Ecosystem - ICT Services - R&D - IT-enabled manufacturing - Residential - Logistics based, service and Management Industries Konza City at a Glance
  12. 12. Thank You

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