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Kenya's regulator starts spectrum sale

Rebecca Wanjiku | Dec. 19, 2014
The Communication Authority of Kenya has started the sale of spectrum ahead of the country's digital migration.

There is a government-led 4G initiative, where operators were to come together and form one body that can get the license and lease out to the others depending on shareholding and need. The 4G "special purpose vehicle" is similar to the TEAMS fiber optic cable, with government and private sector shareholders. Safaricom has already pulled out of that initiative, which has been in limbo for the last two years.

Safaricom has also been allocated another 4G spectrum as part of the National Surveillance, Communication and Control System, for Nairobi and Mombasa project, which will be deployed on the 400MHz band. However, the two licenses carry distinct and separate networks with the 400MHz exclusively for security services.


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