From Nairobi, local media have reported on targets that the country’s communications regulator, the CCK, has set – including the objective to increase the current rate of mobile money service use from 58.9% to 70% in the next five years.
In a strategic plan for the period 2013 – 2018, the CCK has mentioned its intention to up levels of TV broadcast coverage from what it is today, at 55%, to at least 80%.
Director General of the regulatory body, Francis Wangusi, has confirmed the organisation’s desire to “accelerate uptake of ICT services by 2018”.
The new regulatory plan reportedly takes into account the growing popularity of mobile money and ecommerce, along with internet penetration and efforts to curb cyber crime.
The CCK has outlined its plan to facilitate internet penetration for 70% of the population, up from its present level of 41.6%, as well as to drive up the mobile telephony penetration rate to 90% compared to the current rate of 75.8%.
Media reports say the ICT contribution to the GDP stands at 2.2%. The CCK is said to want to increase this to 5% over the next five years.