CCK freezes operators out of USF advisory council

31 May 2013

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has rejected appeals by local operators to be involved in the management of the Universal Service Fund (USF) designed to support infrastructure deployment in remote areas. Kenyan operators will start making payments equivalent to 0.5% of their revenue in July, but the USF kitty will be exclusively administered by government officials. Susan Mochache, the assistant director USF at CCK, told Business Daily Africa: ‘We will not include the telecoms operators in the management of the fund as this will result in conflict of interest since the same operators are expected to bid for the rollout of projects in marginalised areas’. The government intends to raise at least KES1 billion (USD11.6 million) annually from Kenya’s mobile operators, broadcasters, ISPs and operators of courier delivery services.

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