In Kenya, roaming rules to force telcos to share facilities
Monday, April 14, 2014
A ‘national roaming’ regulation is in the pipeline to make it mandatory for the existing four mobile network operators to allow cross-network usage of their facilities countrywide, the regulator said on Friday.
The Communications Authority of Kenya said national roaming is the next frontier of “raising the bar on competition” in the sector. It is awaiting a court ruling on a case where Airtel wants Safaricom compelled to allow it access mobile money platform M-Pesa, before releasing the draft regulation for public comment.
“We are working on a national roaming regulation for all segments. It is the next thing that will open up the market for competition but we’ll have to wait for the court to decide on a related issue before it, then we’ll issue out the regulation,” director-general Francis Wangusi said.