According to The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), it will become mandatory for mobile operators in Kenya to share network infrastructure, and no mobile operator in the country will be spared in utilizing excess spectrum.
“They have enough capacity from the resources we have given them. They must henceforth inculcate the culture of sharing,” said CCK Director General Francis Wangusi. He added that the mandatory sharing of infrastructure is part of the amended 2013 regulations.
The CCK is working on National Roaming Regulation, which will allow users to make use of any network, no matter where they are in the country.
“We are working on a national roaming regulation for all segments. It is the next thing that will open up the market for competition but we’ll have to wait for the court to decide on a related issue before it, then we’ll issue out the regulation.”
According to Kenya’s The Star, “National roaming will affect data, voice, money transfer, and other services as the CCK renews its bid to force telecom operators to share infrastructure. Telcos will charge each other for use of network facilities and agent footprint.”
Wangusi explained that operators will have to work out among themselves the tariff charged.
“What it will mean is that a customer in any part of the country will automatically use any network available, where their primary mobile service provider is unavailable. It will be upon the operators to work out what to pay each other every month,” Wangusi said.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor