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This report considers the case of broadband in Kenya and the manner in which the country has tackled its capacity challenges. Kenya has a natural geographic advantage, being strategically positioned on the East Coast of Africa.
The economic and social impact of broadband is well researched and documented. An increase in broadband penetration has a greater impact on economic development than a concomitant increase in access to other telecommunications services.
One of Kenya ’s strengths lies in the central role that ICT in general and high-speed communications infrastructure in particular, plays in its national strategy, Vision 2030. A key characteristic of the Kenyan broadband space is the pervasive role of the government which is supported by the strategic, policy and regulatory framework.
Like most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya has experienced a telecommunications revolution, and particularly a mobile revolution. It has seen an increase in mobile subscriber numbers, and has innovated in ways that have impacted the region and the world.
Figure 8 Kenya’s international Internet bandwidth (Mbps) Source: CCK.
Kenya ’s “Build It and they Will Come” approach to broadband has led to broadband achievements being partially realized in less than five years since the ICT Policy was adopted. The Kenyan government has taken an active role in breaking the satellite dependency for international capacity and thus overcoming the first hurdle, with the highest upfront costs, in the broadband ecosystem.
Table of Contents
1. Building Broadband
2. Policy Approaches
3. Law & Regulation
4. Universal Access
5. Infrastructure Technologies
6. Driving Demand
7. Global Footprints
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