KICA Amendments: Control of anti-competitive practices by telecommunication operators

Dear Kivuva,

I am confused on this one though it makes sense to distill the components
of converged networks. In a way, it will provide better premises for
measuring the digital economy. I am ok with this clause. It needs further
clarity and meat.

Regards

Regards

On Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 9:32 am Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet, <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> This is a continuation of the debate to amend the Kenya Information and
> Communications Act (KICA).
>
> Comments and thoughts are welcomed for yesterday’s debate moderated by
> Mercy Mutemi on the regulation of social media and blogging. We can
> continue contributing through that thread.
>
> Today, we discuss the amendments to KCIA published on March 15th, 2019,
> recommended by Hon Elisha Odhiambo, MP, seeking to add a new section 25A on
> splitting telecommunications businesses, and section 34A on the
> compensation of telecommunications consumers on call drops, and section 84J
> prescribing how the Universal Service Fund (USF) should be used.
>
> *The new Section 25A requires telecommunications operators to*
> – Obtain a license for additional business.
> – Legally split the telecommunications business from additional business.
> – Provide separate accounts and reports in respect of all business carried
> out.
> – Require Communications Authority to report compliance annually to
> Parliament.
>
> The reasons given for this bill are to allow telecommunications companies
> to engage in other businesses, and also aid in the control of
> anti-competitive practices by large industries in the sector.
>
> What are your thoughts on this amendment? Do we have any specific
> recommendations we can pass to Parliament through the public participation
> process?
>
> Warm Regard
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