The Commonwealth Broadband Forum ended in Nairobi with calls for increased access to broadband in member countries.

The forum under the theme Broadband for Accelerated Growth, examined the development of national broadband strategies and relevant technologies, while also focusing on applications and data.

Speaking at the event ICT Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati said the government has provided an enabling legal and regulatory framework to enhance deployment of broadband across the country.

Currently, the national optic fibre backbone infrastructure (NOFBI) is being initiated to complement the national broadband wireless network. 

The framework has seen as surge in innovations and proliferation of applications and extensive use of ICTs in Kenya

Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi said broadband is critical on Kenya’s socio-economic growth and that significant progress has been made to enhance broadband uptake.

However Mr. Wangusi pointed out that the growth of broadband in Kenya is faced with various challenges, especially ones related to the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and freeing up of Spectrum currently occupied by analogue broadcasters.

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) Secretary General, Prof. Tim Unwin noted that broadband use will help narrow the digital divide besides promoting social justice and economic growth.

The CTO will also support the roll-out of broadband across member states especially in terms of helping the countries to craft their broadband strategies.

Kenya established a broadband strategy in 2013 which provides a roadmap on the deployment of broadband.

The three day event was followed by a two-day cyber security forum, where member states brainstormed on how to enhance security in the cyber space.