Community Networks

Hi Twahir,

Great to hear that you want to start this in Kilifi! Currently, community
networks are not recognized under the CA regulatory framework. Using
unlicensed spectrum is one way to start, but this also requires an
operating license from CA.
I would not say CA is silent on this, the community network movement in
Africa is quite young, although we have networks for example in Zambia,
Uganda, and South Africa that have existed for over 5 years. In those
countries, all have operating licenses. At this point, what is needed is
more awareness on the role that community networks play in connecting
communities that may not make a good market case for traditional
ISPs/telcos, also on the impact beyond access such as digital literacy
training and catalyzing the local economies.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 7:02 PM Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> YES! Thanks Wainaina, that’s cool! Definitely need partners on the project!
>
> On Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 18:33 Wainaina Mungai <wainaina@wainainamungai.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Twahir,
>>
>> ISOC Kenya would be more than happy to explore a partnership as part our
>> support for Community Networks.
>>
>> Please reach me on wainaina@isoc.or.ke
>>
>> Karibu,
>>
>> Eng. Wainaina Mungai
>> President & Chairman
>> INTERNET SOCIETY KENYA CHAPTER
>> 4th Floor, Wing C, NaiLab, Bishop Magua Centre
>> George Padmore Lane, Off Ngong Road,
>> Nairobi, Kenya
>> Skype: wainaina.mungai
>> Tel: + 254 722 811171
>> Email: wainaina@isoc.or.ke
>> URL: www.isoc.or.ke
>> Twitter: @ISOC_KENYA
>> Facebook: @ISOCKenyaChapter
>>
>>
>>
>> On 8 Nov 2018 18:15, Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks John, you really have given me a morale boost!
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 18:01 John Gitau <jgitau@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> You dont need much, an operating license, if you will ride on an existing
>> ISP, you wont need an ISP license, depending on services you might need a
>> CSP and or ASP license. Microwave/wimax is subject to frequency approvals
>> and is costlier but as someone mentioned i’d just work with 2.4/5GHz. maybe
>> a telecommunication personnel license
>>
>> There is a whole host of things you can do but if planning to start small
>> nothing stops you from being online next week within three months at
>> worst:-)
>>
>> JG
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 5:54 PM Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Barrack,
>>
>> Thanks bro, you are a God sent blessing. Will reach out to them.
>>
>> THK
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 17:12 Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Twahir,
>>
>> You may want to consult Michuki Mwangi from ISOC or Josephine Miliza
>> from TunapandaNet in Kibera who are experts on the subject. I think
>> some guidance from CA on the matter will also be usefull, our good
>> friend Mr. Wambua is always at hand to clarify such issues.
>>
>> Best Regards
>>
>> On 11/8/18, Twahir Hussein Kassim <twahir@hussein.me.ke> wrote:
>> > Barrack,
>> >
>> > I intend to get a fibre / microwave link to a central point and from
>> there
>> > have point to points to the various villages and schools in the area.
>> >
>> > On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 4:53 PM Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack@gmail.com
>> >
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Twahir,
>> >>
>> >> Which range of Spectrum do you intend to use? That might determine
>> >> whether you need a license from CA.
>> >>
>> >> Regards
>> >>
>> >> On 11/8/18, Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet
>> >> <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>> >> > Listers,
>> >> >
>> >> > Am looking at rolling out a community network in Kilifi. What are the
>> >> > government regulations on this? CA website is silent on this.
>> >> >
>> >> > Regards,
>> >> > Twahir
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> —
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>> >> +254721325277
>> >> +254733206359
>> >> Skype: barrack.otieno
>> >> PGP ID: 0x2611D86A
>> >>
>> >
>>
>>
>> —
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>> +254733206359
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