The 10th edition of African Spectrum Management Workshop was officially opened on June 3,2015 at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi. The event’s theme, ‘Spectrum for broadband connectivity in Africa’ aimed at discussing and outlining solutions to spectrum challenges in enhancing broadband connectivity in Africa. The workshop offered a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views and experiences as well as learn of new developments in the management of spectrum.
The three day event ending on June 5,2015,serves as a vehicle for Member States African countries in general, to coordinate and harmonize positions on various telecommunications matters.The conference attracted policy makers, regulators, operators, legislators, academia, universities and their associated research establishments as well as other industry stakeholders concerned with the management of spectrum in Africa and beyond.
Speaking at the opening, Director General, Communications Authority of Kenya, Francis Wangusi confirmed that implementing Broadband connectivity still remains a challenge in Africa and Kenya in particular even after the successful Digital Migration completed in March. This is due to the high costs required to roll out broadband network and limited spectrum.
In his opening remarks, CS Information and Technology, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said “Let us keep our focus on the need to connect more homes, get more people online, reach out to the marginalized and vulnerable groups, with due consideration for affordability to all.” He also asked delegates to take advantage of the forum to gain knowledge, exchange views and seek partnerships that will help improve models for deploying broadband African countries.
Some of the topics addressed at the workshop include: spectrum planning for the next generation of mobile networks towards 5G, cognitive radios, the Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond; creating policies to support the explosive growth in data and deliver wireless innovation to achieve universal broadband access among others.
“Kemilinks International is pleased to partner with Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), African Union NEPAD Agency, African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and other strategic regional ICT institutions to provide the platform for this event,” said CEO of Kemilinks International, Mr. Shola Taylor.
“Timely and efficient allocation of spectrum in the right amount is critical to enable digital inclusion in Africa. The appropriate mix of mobile, optical fibre and satellite technologies in addressing these challenges is essential to improving the broadband connections in Africa and which in turn will enhance GDP growth rate and create more jobs. Spectrum Africa provides that platform to critically examine all these issues,” Taylor remarked.
In June 2013, the Spectrum Africa was successfully held at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda.