Kenyan operators have been given until 19 November to analyse and comment on new regulations covering licensing, frequency allocation, universal access and tariff regulation, which are awaiting implementation, local daily The Standard reports. As reported by CommsUpdate on 22 September, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) originally gave operators until 25 September to review the new legislation, however following calls for an extension the regulator pushed the deadline back to 16 October. After initial feedback the regulator has decided to again extend the consultation and will hold a stakeholders forum to discuss the legislation in November. Bitange Ndemo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication, said: ‘We want to give broadcasters and operators more time to peruse and analyse the document. Some operators have found some of the proposals in the ICT Bill harsh and hence we want to give them time to discuss and find a common ground.’ Ndemo added that he wants to ensure the regulations are in place by January 2010.
Meanwhile, following a directive issued by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the CCK has initiated a review into mobile interconnection rates, which will run until March 2010. Bitange Ndemo has in the meantime said that no operator was opposed to the reduction of interconnection charges: ‘They are all in support of lowering that cost if needs be, but they need clear justification of why they should lower their charges.’