Kenya: New Plan on Media Signals Revealed

The Government plans to license signal broadcast carriers to avoid infrastructure duplication. Information and Communications minister Mutahi Kagwe last week said the Government would continue to prioritise the sharing of infrastructure. In a speech read on his behalf by assistant minister Koigi wa Wamwere, he said "in the ICT policy guidelines of March this year, the Government has expressed its commitment to encourage the sharing of public and private utility providers."

Kagwe said the spread and proportion of access to ICT services in Kenya and most African countries remained poor globally. The minister was speaking after opening the public and private sectors partnership forum at a Nairobi hotel. The two-day forum, which is co-organised by the International Telecommunications Union and Communications Commission of Kenya, attracted about 100 delegates from various African countries. Participants are expected to discuss the ways of transforming the prevailing digital divide to digital dividends.

(The Nation (Nairobi), 5 June 2007)

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