Kenya Considers Requiring Networks to Share 4G Radio Spectrum
Published on: 17th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Kenya's government has set up a task force to study options for radio spectrum sharing by the mobile networks wanting to offer LTE based services.
In an interview with The Sunday Nation, Information, Communication and Technology Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati said the team will begin work immediately and is expected to deliver its recommendation to the government by next March.
"Spectrum is a national resource that must be managed and used openly to benefit the whole country. We expect the team to come up with the best option," Mr Tiampati said.
There has been debate about setting up a shared LTE network, which would lease capacity to the mobile networks on a wholesale basis, but the mobile networks have recently cooled on the idea.
The country's largest mobile network, Safaricom recently applied for LTE spectrum, to build its own network.
The deployment could however be delayed by court action seeking a delay to plans to switch off analogue television broadcasts and reuse the spectrum for 4G services.
On the web: The Sunday Nation