CA gives company licence worth billions without auction

Francis Wangusi, the director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya, at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi on February 27, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Already, telecommunications companies have written to Mr Francis Wangusi, the Communications Authority director-general, protesting the decision and questioning why the licence for the 700MHz frequency – given to Jamii Telecoms Limited – was not auctioned as is the practice.

  • The frequencies, which are held by the CA as a finite national resource, were freed after the digital migration and various companies had been eyeing them to roll out different services.

The public could lose Sh5.2 billion after the telecommunications regulator "gifted" a local company a multibillion-shilling licence to operate another mobile phone service.

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