Pyramid: Kenyan Regulation Promotes Competition

Kenya’s highly charged competitive environment will force operators to focus on value-generating channels, Pyramid Research says

March 24, 2011

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kenya’s highly charged competitive environment, driven by recent changes in its regulatory environment, will force operators to focus on value-generating channels, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (

Kenya: Data Services and Infrastructure Investment Top Operator To-Do Lists offers a precise profile of the country’s telecommunications, media and technology sectors based on proprietary data from Pyramid’s research in the market. It provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies.

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“Kenya’s new constitution, combined with private investments in infrastructure and a quickly growing telecom sector, shines an optimistic light on the state of Kenya’s economy,” says Majd Hosn, Associate Research Analyst at Pyramid. “Growth in the telecom sector is expected to create jobs and improve the standing of many financial institutions involved in investing in this sector. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) will continue to encourage investments in this sector, as it eyes further expansion and penetration,” he adds.

“Playing its part as a strong regulator and promoter of fair competition, the CCK slashed interconnection rates and reduced the levy for acquiring a 3G license, making it within reach for all the major operators,” notes Hosn. “In 2010, the CCK put mobile number portability into effect to further encourage competition. In addition, SIM card registration was also a point of focus, as well as establishing a set of operational rules that hold operators responsible for a minimum service quality to their clients,” says Hosn. “Operators will find pockets of revenue-generating populations in rural areas that had been overlooked in the past. The competitive environment might call for some cooperation among providers, such as infrastructure sharing,” he adds.

“Innovative vendors will find a high demand for their products because operators, now more than ever, are looking for services and technology to set them apart from their competitors,” he points out. “Operators are also seeking means to enhance their network, either through infrastructure expansion or more efficient use of the existing one, and vendors that specialize in this will have their hands full keeping up with demand.”

Kenya: Data Services and Infrastructure Investment Top Operator To-Do Lists is part of Pyramid Research's Africa & Middle East Country Intelligence Report Series and is priced at $990. Download the excerpt here: It can be purchased online here ( or by emailing us at [email protected].

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