Safaricom allocated license for 800mhz – The CA clarifies

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Hello Listers,
CA notes the issues raised by members on the list on the above subject.  Allow us to  clarify the matter.

Yes it is true that Safaricom has been granted a license for Frequency in the 800MHz band. The award was tied to the security tender .  It should be noted that when the Government of Kenya (GOK)  approached Safaricom to rollout the National  Survelillance, Communications and Control system, Safaricom in return negotiated with GOK for the assignment of the 4G frequencies in the 800 MHz band. This is the reason there was no competitive bidding in the process.  It is also the understanding that the network will be  shared amongst different players, a fact that will mitigate the competition issues that might arise.  The frequency fee payable by Safaricom for these frequencies is USD 56.25 million.

Hope this shades some light into the issue.

Assistant Director/Communications and External Affairs
Communications Authority of Kenya


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