Telecommunications licensing in Kenya

Telecommunications licensing in Kenya
Telecommunications and broadcasting legislation in Kenya – The Communications Authority of Kenya is the regulatory authority for telecommunications and broadcasting legislation in Kenya. The Authority is responsible for facilitating the development of the information and communications sectors including telecommunications and broadcasting..
In this blog we are going to talk about the whole process for Telecommunications licensing in Kenya
Telecommunications licensing in Kenya – Outline
The Telecommunication Market Structure is divided into 6 market segments under the unified licensing framework. The market segments include:
National network facilities provides Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3

International network facilities providersSubmarine cable landing license
International gateway license

Non-infrastructure service providersApplication service providers
Content service providers

Terminal equipment providersTelecommunication terminal equipment contractors
Telecommunication technical personnel

Private very small aperture terminals (VSAT)Operated through VSAT hub operators licensed in Kenya
Operated through foreign VSAT hub operators

On time authorisationGMPCS landing rights authorization
Business process outsourcing

Requirements for Telecommunications licensing in Kenya
The licensing process commences with the submission of a duly completed application form available at the authorities website. The applicants must meet the following conditions:
Be registered in Kenya with the Registrar of Companies as a Company, Sole Proprietor or a Partnership
Have a duly registered office and permanent premises in Kenya
Provide details of Shareholders and Directors
Registered Companies are required to have at least 20% local shareholding on or before the end of three years after receiving a license
Provide Evidence of Compliance
The applicant will be advised of the outcome in writing. If the application is approved, the applicant will be given a six-month period within which to take up the offer, or they will be required to apply a fresh if still interested in the license.. The license must be in full operation within 12 months from the date of issuance. All electronic communications systems must be designed and type approved by the authority before they are activated. The authority inspects all networks before they are out into operation. Any network that does not meet the standards required is shutdown within 30 days of notification. A network license may only be issued to a company registered in Kenya and a local license only to a Kenyan Company.