CCK revises broadcast spectrum fees

Kenya’s regulator is revising its broadcast spectrum fees in a bid to ensure better use of the spectrum.

CCK said in a statement that frequencies are national resources that should be distributed fairly and equitably. Therefore, broadcasters with more than one frequency per broadcast spot or site will from 1 July pay higher fees for the spectrum.

The Commission said it had revised the broadcasting frequency fees in an attempt to address the existing disparities in the distribution and use of broadcasting spectrum in the country.

It said: “The new charging methodology shall ensure fair distribution of broadcasting frequencies, and promote competition in the sub-sector. In addition, the methodology will enhance plurality and diversity of views and opinions as envisaged in the ICT Sector Policy Guidelines and the Kenya Information and Communications Act, CAP 411A.”

The new charges will be based on the following formula:

New frequency fee payable per site = (2n-1) x current fee. Using this formula, the fee payable per site is as follows:

No. of Frequencies

Zone A 
(High Congestion Zone)

Zone B 
(Low Congestion Zone)

Broadcaster with 1 frequency in one site

FM: KShs130,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs360,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs65,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs180,000/= p.a.

Broadcaster with 2 frequency in one site

FM: KShs390,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs1,080,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs195,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs540,000/= p.a.

Broadcaster with 3 frequency in one site

FM: KShs910,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs2,520,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs455,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs1,260,000/= p.a.

Broadcaster with 4 frequency in one site

FM: KShs1,950,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs5,400,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs975,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs2,700,000/= p.a.

Broadcaster with 5 frequency in one site

FM: KShs4,030,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs11,160,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs2,015,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs5,580,000/= p.a.

Broadcaster with 6 frequency in one site

FM: KShs8,190,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs22,680,000/= p.a.

FM: KShs4,095,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs11,340,000/= p.a.

 Broadcaster with 7 frequency in one site

 FM: KShs16,510,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs45,720,000/= p.a.

 FM: KShs8,255,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs22,860,000/= p.a.

 Broadcaster with 8 frequency in one site

 FM: KShs33,150,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs91,800,000/= p.a.

 FM: KShs16,575,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs45,900,000/= p.a.

 Broadcaster with 9 frequency in one site

 FM: KShs66,430,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs183,960,000/= p.a.

 FM: KShs33,215,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs91,930,000/= p.a.

 Broadcaster with 10 frequency in one site

 FM: KShs132,990,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs368,280,000/= p.a.

 FM: KShs66,495,000/= p.a. 
TV: KShs184,140,000/= p.a.

A description of the frequency charging Zones A and B is provided at



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