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Kenya to start building 4G Internet network next year

03 April 2014, 11:42

Nairobi - Kenya will start building its fourth generation (4G) Internet network next year and is open to talks with operators on the best roll-out model, the minister for information and communications, Fred Matiang'i said on Tuesday.

The country wants to launch the 4G high-speed broadband network as part of efforts to raise the Internet’s contribution to economic growth to 10 percent in 2017 from 2.9 percent this year.

The Government has proposed a private public partnership wholesaling model, where it partners with investors to build the network and sell capacity to operators, to ensure open access to the spectrum.

But operators like Safaricom, the country’s biggest, want an auction of the spectrum to existing operators.

“We are open to business. We are open for discussions,” Matiang'i told Reuters.

Some of Kenya’s mobile operators are struggling to cope with a vicious pricing war that has lasted for over three years and is forcing some out.

- Reuters


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