CCK holds on to 3G licence fee

7 Jan 2010

Market regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has rejected calls to reduce the country’s 3G licence fee, which currently stands at KES1.9 billion (USD25 million), Reuters reports. The CCK said in a statement: ‘Please note that the determined 3G licence fee is USD25 million for any operator who seeks that licence, it is applicable equally across the board.’ As reported by CommsUpdate on 15 December 2009, Telkom Kenya (Orange) CEO Michael Ghossein revealed that the company was lobbying the government to reduce the fee, saying: ‘Having already invested a substantial amount in this project, we would be happy to get a positive consideration from CCK to reduce the figure which may ultimately be a barrier to deepening communication services.’ However, the country’s leading mobile operator by subscribers Safaricom, which paid the full fee for a concession in 2007, said that it would seek a refund on the difference if rival operators were offered licences at a lower rate.