NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya requires 45 million U.S. dollars in
order to achieve universal access for communications services,
telecommunication industry regulator said on Wednesday.
director general of Communications Authority of Kenya, told a
media briefing in Nairobi that currently 94.4 percent of the
country’s population has access to at least basic voice and
Short Messaging Service (SMS).
“Kenya is therefore
seeking 45 million dollars in order to reach the unserved and
underserved areas that were left out during the liberalization
of the communication sector,” Wangusi said during the
inauguration of the council members of the Universal Service
Advisory Council (USAC).
Wangusi said that
Kenya has set a target of achieving full connectivity for the
entire population in the next five years.
The East African
nation is currently instituting measures geared towards bridging
digital divide in the country. “One of the milestones in the
last financial year 2016/17 was the operationalization of the
Universal Service Fund,” Wangusi said.
The kitty which was
established to reduce the digital divide for Kenyans, acts as an
incentive for attracting operators and service providers to
rural and high cost areas through provision of subsidies and
The regulator said
that a financial model will be developed to calculate the
subsidy levels required by an operator to roll out services in
unserved and underserved areas.
The Fund is also
expected to support Information Communication Technology
innovation and development of content and applications in
addition to supporting capacity building in the country.
According to the
director general, regions that are sparsely populated and or
have inadequate road infrastructure are most affected by lack of