Moderated discussion on Licensing and Shared Spectrum Framework for Community Networks for Kenya

Dear Mwendwa,

Gratefull for the groundbreaking exercise that was spearheaded by KICTAnet
with the support of APC. We look forwad to the moderated discussion.

Thank you

Best Regards

On Mon, 24 May 2021, 12:33 pm Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet, <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Dear Listers,
>
>
> KICTANet will hold a moderated discussion led on 27th and 28th May on the
> licensing and shared spectrum framework for community networks.
>
>
>
> Together with our partners, we formulated a Licensing and Shared Spectrum
> Framework for Community Networks for Kenya. The Communications Authority of
> Kenya has invited comments from all stakeholders, including members of the
> public, licensees utilizing spectrum resources, and government institutions
> on the proposed framework available on the Authority’s website direct
> download here.
> <ca.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Licensing-and-Shared-Spectrum-Framework-for-Community-Networks-May-2021.docx.pdf>
>
>
>
> Community Networks are a way to bridge the connectivity gap when people
> come together to build and maintain the necessary infrastructure for
> Internet connection. Internet by the people, for the people.
>
> This licensing framework by CA will create a mechanism to attract existing
> community networks that have been operating outside the regulatory tent
> into the overall regulatory framework
>
> The framework proposes to integrate a new licensing category for community
> networks within the Unified Licensing Framework. The license will be
> exclusively for community-based organizations or other forms of non-profit
> collectives, limited to a sub-county. The community will be issued a
> ten-year license with the application fee and the annual operating fee set
> at Ksh. 1000 and Ksh. 5000 respectively. This is quite affordable compared
> to the lowest fee in the Network Facilities Provider Tier3 commercial
> license which pays an initial license fee of KShs. 200,000 and an operating
> fee of KShs. 160,000.
>
> The framework allows community networks to access the Universal Service
> Funds to support bottom-up digital skills help the growth of local
> initiatives, and also provide capacity-building initiatives within
> communities;
>
> While CA will help the communities negotiate discounted backhaul capacity
> for community networks, the framework also requires fiber-optic network
> operators to publish their pricing to ensure access, transparency, and
> non-discrimination in wholesale backhaul markets.
>
> Finally, the licensing frameworks gives recommendation on how license
> exempt spectrum (frequencies allocated for communication over the airwaves)
> can be utilised more effectively;
>
> –
>
> To review the Guidelines on the use of Radiofrequency Spectrum by
> Short Range Devices to amend EIRP limits for 2.4 & 5 GHz Wi-Fi for
> Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint use.
> –
>
> To review options for lowering the barrier to use of other
> license-exempt bands for PtP and PtMP use, including 24 GHz and 60 GHz.
> –
>
> To expand the range of frequencies available for license-exempt use,
> especially in the 5-6 GHz bands.
> –
>
> To strengthen collaborations with service providers to foster
> standards and regulatory inclusion.
> –
>
> To expedite the commercial availability of geolocation database
> service and implement required mechanisms to make the TVWS spectrum
> available immediately to operators.
> –
>
> To establish an incubatory period for TVWS technologies.
> –
>
> To evaluate with regional regulators the feasibility of a common
> approach implementation of geolocation databases.
> –
>
> To develop a shared spectrum framework for underutilised IMT spectrum
> bands.
> –
>
> To review the spectrum fee framework, recognizing the need for
> significantly reduced fees for underserved areas
>
>
>
> This consultation process is meant to give stakeholders and the public an
> opportunity to comment on the proposed draft framework. The comments
> received will inform the adoption of the Licensing and Shared Spectrum
> Framework for Community Networks in Kenya.
>
>
>
> Any comments or memoranda should be sent to the email address:
> frequencyreturns@ca.go.ke or the official CA address before the close of
> day on 1st June 2021.
>
>
>
> KICTANet organized a webinar to introduce stakeholders and the public to
> the proposed draft framework. The webinar recording is available on YouTube
> here .
>
> ______________________
> Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya
> www.linkedin.com/in/mwendwa-kivuva
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