- Friday, 14 November 2014
Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi has today put on notice ICT industry players who are yet to remit their contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF).
Speaking at a workshop convened between the Universal Service Advisory Council and the industry players today, Mr. Wangusi lamented that failure by the players to honour their obligations to the fund had adversely affected the operationalization of the kitty, established by law in 2009 to enhance access to ICTs in remote and marginalized areas of the country.
He added that it was in the interest of the players to contribute to the fund, as increased access to ICTs would translate to more business for them.
‘’It is part of your obligation to the people of Kenya. We have to bring everyone at the same level of access to ICTs,’’ said the DG.
CA chairman Ngene Gituku assured the industry players that the fund will be managed by transparency and accountability adding that previous concerns raised by the players would be ironed out amicably.
‘‘The sub-committee formed to iron out outstanding issues, has given proposals that we hope, will speedily resolve outstanding issues to avoid further delays in the remittances to the Fund,’’ noted the chairman.
The USAC chairperson Catherine Ngahu expressed optimism on the benefits that will accrue from the operationalization of the fund in terms of the operator’s businesses as well as other sectors of the economy.
‘‘I am positive that our deliberations and discussions today will oil the gears of the Fund in readiness for smooth take off,’’ she said.
ICT PS Joseph Tiampati in a speech read on his behalf by Senior Administrative Secretary Brian Otuya, said implementation of the Fund should be stretched beyond infrastructure development to include capacity building, innovations and content development.
He also challenged operators to avoid unnecessary duplication of infrastructure and embrace the principle of infrastructure sharing.
Mr. Otuya added that the ministry will work closely with county governments to facilitate site acquisitions and minimize the numerous demands which work against last mile connectivity.