News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 88 on 30 November 2001

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KENYA SPECIAL: ON THE MAP AS MIDDLE LEAGUE PLAYER DESPITE EVERYTHING

30 November 2001

Kenya’s government has shambled its way through privatising its key asset Telkom and has recently called a halt to the process. "Wait until after the elections," local cynics respond. Despite widespread government corruption, a severe economic downturn, high crime in "Nairobbery" and the lack of a clearly articulated ICT policy, Kenya has already become one of Africa’s larger middle league players in connectivity terms. But will things change and let real growth occur?, asks Russell Southwood after a recent visit.   Kenya has about 90 licensed ISPs but there are only around 20 that are actually operating. Most agree that…