Permanent Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of Communications, Bitange Ndemo

Consultations are expected to begin next week on ways to bring down the cost of internet access in Kenya.

Despite high speed bandwidth undersea cables having landed in Kenya in recent months, users are not seeing the significant drop in bandwidth costs they had hoped for. The last mile has long been blamed for the persistent high prices.

Players in the industry say the local councils are also reported to be charging excessive fees to internet service providers.

It is believed that if local authorities treated internet access like other utilities such as power and water, prices would start to drop.

The Permanent Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of Communications, Bitange Ndemo, said talks would be held with local authorities to amend their fee structures for internet cables, in a bid to help bring access prices down.

 

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