Kenya: CCK to secure ICT levy for rural development

The Star reports that from July, licensees within Kenya’s communication sector will have to remit a portion of their revenue to the Universal Access Fund (USF) to be invested in remote areas.

From July operators within Kenya's communication sector will have to pay a levy towards ICT development in rural areas. (Image source: File)

This directive applies to mobile operators, broadcasters, ISPs and postal/ courier service providers.

According to the report contributors will have provide 0.5% of their gross revenue.

Ben Gituku, Chairman of the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), is quoted as saying that the administrative structure and membership is in place and the implementation of the fund will begin this month.

“For the big operators, it would be possible to collect at the end of each financial year which may not work out with small licensees,” Gituku told The Star.

He added that the CCK has set aside Sh1 billion (approximately $11,5 million) for ICT project rollout in rural areas and an amount of $877 million to address the need for Internet connectivity.

Staff Writer