Safaricom renews push for digital broadcast licence

15 November 2018

Regulation & Policy

Safaricom says it will seek answers from the telecoms regulator over the three-year delay in issuance of its digital broadcast licence, chief executive Bob Collymore has said.

The telco is seeking to venture into commercial free-to-air television services as part of triple-play offering plan–TV, internet and fixed line telephone services – to homes. The firm wants to use its fibre optic cable network for the triple play offering.

“What we need now is to get a triple-play solution and to do this, it’s about getting a broadcasting licence which we still don’t have,” Mr Collymore said.

“We will have another go in the next month or so to find out what’s the problem and how can we overcome it.”

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), the regulator, said in September it had put on hold the approval process for the broadcasting permit to the giant telco pending the results of a study on competition in the industry. Read the full article on Business Daily here.