News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 76 on 15 June 2001

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RURAL PLANK OF KENYA’S TELECOMS LIBERALISATION FALLS APART

15 June 2001

Kenya’s telecomms liberalisation programme is in a mess. It has been caught between the downturn in the telecoms market and the timidity of the government’s sell-off policy. One plank of this policy was to open up its rural areas to new operators. Muriuki Mureithi describes how this laudable initiative has all-but collapsed, overtaken by mobile operators and uncertainties about the future plans of the incumbent. He also explains why things could have been very different.   As Kenya government made the first steps towards telecommunications liberalisation in 1997, one issue that was significant in the policy reform was to ensure…