Kenya's Jamii Telecom Receives Full 4G Licence

The Kenyan telecommunications services provider Jamii Telecom Limited now holds a full 4G operating license for the provision of local services.

In December 2017 Jamii Telecom, which is owned by the entrepreneur Joshua Chepkowony, paid Kshs-100,000 ($988.63) to secure a one-year trial license for ultra-fast broadband on the country's 700MHz spectrum.

The decision was not very popular among the various local telcos who accused the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) of favouritism, also adding that the regulator awarded Jamii Telecom an operating licence without going through the process of a public auction (as is the norm) and waived the required Ksh2.5-billion ( $24.7 mil USD) spectrum fee.

When the experimental license expired in 2018, Jamii Telecom requested that the regulator extend it for an additional year to allow it to establish its operations fully.

The company has now secured a full 4G license for Ksh2.5-billion (roughly US$25-million), and payment is to be made in instalments, according to the CA.

Jamii Telecom Limited paid a deposit amount of Kshs 250-million (approximately US$2.5 million) for the new license which includes an annual fee of Kshs 11-million (US$107,656) for its spectrum frequency.

Confirming the news, the Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, Francis Wangusi said that Jamii Telecom had already paid the first instalment and that they were no longer on a trial licence.

ITWeb Africa reported in December 2017 that Jamii Telecom had officially become Kenya's 5th licensed mobile services provider and that the company had invested US$25-million into its infrastructure.
Its service includes mobile internet bundles that compete with market leaders Safaricom, Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya.

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