The liberalization of the communications sector has had a positive effect on the deployment of communications infrastructure and services in the country. However, the opening up of the sector has not availed communications services to all in Kenya as the licenced commercial operators and service providers have tended to concentrate operations in areas where a return on investment is guaranteed.
Consequently, areas (both urban and rural) that are perceived as commercially unviable have over time remained either un-served or under-served. The Communications Authority of Kenya is responsible for ensuring that all in Kenya have access to affordable communications services.
To redress the access gaps, the Communications Authority of Kenya has undertaken some pilot projects in certain parts of the country. The projects include the establishment of 16 school-based ICT centres spanning the eight regions of the country, four tele-centres and eight centres for persons with disabilities.
The Authority has, in collaboration with industry players, provided computers and internet connectivity to the beneficiary institutions. In order to enhance access and promote capacity building in ICT, the Authority has partnered with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development ( Formerly Kenya Institute of Education) to support the digitalization of the secondary school curriculum.
The Authority is developing the Universal Service Fund (USF) Framework in line with the provision of the Sector Legislation.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Interactive Portal ICT Coverage in Kenya
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) portal is one-stop online interactive platform created by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to provide a view of the different layers of ICT coverage in Kenya. The Geo-Portal will be updated on a regular basis and will assist the Authority in the identification of the gaps for each service area by giving GPS coordinates for selected Universal Service clusters (access gaps) and required areas of intervention. The portal will also be used to determine the extent of communication coverage and the access levels by citizens.
The map has been populated with different information layers such as Telecom (3G and 2G coverage from the 3 operators), postal network, broadcasting, Fibre routes, transportation, administrative boundaries, education health facilities, and electricity networks.
The portal is accessible to the different users through the links provided below:
- Public Users Link: The map is accessible to anyone who wants to access the map on the Authority’s website.
- Government Users Link: Government officials working in different ministries have access to the ICT Access Gaps and the users are expected to have credentials (Username and password) to access the map.