Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Ag. Director General Mr.Christopher Kemei (centre) addressing the media during a workshop on the dissemination of the competition study in the telecommunications sector.He is flanked by Mr.Mantano Ndaro, Director,Competition and Tarrif Annlysis at the Authority and Broadcasting and Telecommunications PS MR.Sammy Itemere (right).

The Authority today hosted a stakeholders meeting on the Telecommunications Competition Study, bringing to end speculations of piecemeal implementation of the study by the regulator, without first subjecting the report through a process of public consultation.

Today’s meeting now sets the stage for release of the final report including a roadmap for implementation of the adopted competition study recommendations.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru, who was represented by the PS Mr. Sammy Itemere, said the government through the Authority considered the workshop and in particular the high level of interest by the industry an integral component for the successful execution and completion of the study.

“This study is equally a necessary input to the regulatory tools in support of a competitive telecommunications environment that can ensure increased returns on investment, and affordable access to services by the consumer,” Mr Mucheru added.

The ICT CS also allied fears that the Government through the Authority is planning to split the business of players who are alleged or perceived to be dominant.

“I wish to note that it is not the Government’s intention to punish success but enhance competition so as to foster growth of the telecommunications subsector,” Mr Mucheru added.

The Authority in May 2016 contracted M/S Analysys Mason of the UK to undertake the study. This was inline with its statutory mandate of developing and ensuring fair competition in the ICT sector.

The objective of the study was to establish the degree of competition and its effectiveness in the various telecommunications markets in Kenya. 

Christopher Kemei, acting the CA Director General assured the industry, ICT consumers and the public that the Authority remains committed to discharging its mandate of ensuring fair competition in the sector without fear or favour.

“The rapid evolution of ICTs has not only enhanced competition but also calls for the re-alignment of the existing structures to the market realities,” Mr Kemei said.

 “We therefore welcome comments on the study findings, as well as the recommendations with the view of improving the final outcome,” he added.

You can download the draft report here