CCK to award gateway licences; ISPs given modified concessions

30 Nov 2005

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has said it will issue mobile operators with licences to operate their own international gateways next year, with a definite timetable expected by early next year. The new concessions will mean that cellcos Celtel Kenya and Safaricom will be able to transmit international calls without going through Telkom Kenya. The regulator yesterday issued eight ISPs – Ace Villa Development Company, Communications Solutions, Iphone Global, Ameriken Telnet Kenya, Sahannet, Dialnet, Jambo Telkom and Karibu Telecom – with new modified licences, enabling them to carry multimedia traffic and offer a wider range of services including VoIP. The new concessions will replace the old ones on 1 January 2006.