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CCK shelves plans for new 4G network

23 December 2013, 18:00

Nairobi - The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has asked all mobile telephone operators to shelve their applications for 4G frequencies until after the digital migration.

A court challenge has halted the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, which had been scheduled for earlier this month.

Speaking exclusively to CAJ News, Christopher Wambua the Communications Manager for CCK sought to dispel earlier reports that the regulator had denied Safaricom 4G frequencies.

“The true position is that Safaricom has in a number of occasions requested CCK for frequency assignment in various bands for deployment of a 4G network. In all the bands that Safaricom has applied, the frequencies were not available since they are being occupied by other services. However, CCK has already advised Safaricom to re-farm (if they wish) all or part of their already assigned spectrum,” said Wambua.

He said with re-farming the telecommunication companies will have to create space within the existing frequencies in order to widen their product offering and in this case in order to roll out the 4G network.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore, had however in the past indicated that re-farming is expensive since it will require that they put up more transmitters.

Wambua said that some of the frequencies for use in deployment of 4G services will be available after migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting is completed in the country.

He also stated that the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology has constituted a task-force to look at the issue of 4G deployment in Kenya at a comprehensive level.

– CAJ News

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