Telcos ask for more time to review draft regulations

22 Sep 2009

According to a report by Business Daily Africa, the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has published a set of draft regulations covering licensing, frequency allocation, universal access and tariff regulation, giving telcos until 25 September to respond to the new guidelines before they are rendered binding. The regulations cut across the entire ICT sector and seek to address outstanding consumer issues not considered previously, such as tariff reviews, the publication notes: ‘The purpose and objective of these regulations is to monitor and control the manner in which tariffs, promotions, or special offers are imposed on consumers so as to promote fair competition and encourage the provision of affordable services.’ On behalf of the country’s operators Joshua Chepkwony, the chairman of Telecommunication Network Operators Forum (TNOF), has requested more time to review the publications, arguing that the regulations are critical to the industry and members needed to peruse them individually before coming up with an industry position. Among the new guidelines is the requirement of telcos to submit any intended change of tariff to the CCK for approval.