Kenya’s communications regulator, Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) is looking to increase the contribution of the country’s ICT sector to 100 percent GDP.
The regulator has plans to make this happen in just five years, that is by 2018, with the intention of moving the current GDP of 2.2 percent to 5 percent, mobile penetration of 75.8 percent to 90 percent and wireless broadband of 2.4 percent to 10 percent.
That’s not all, CCK is also targeting an increase in internet penetration in Kenya from the current 41.6 percent to 70 percent, and TV broadcast coverage from 55 percent to 80 percent, while local content to total content ratio is expected to grow to 60 percent from 40 percent currently.
The penetration of mobile money services is projected to grow from 58.9 percent now to 70 percent in 2018.
Launching CCK’s 3rd Strategic Plan, ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i lauded CCK for making strategic planning part of its corporate culture and encouraged other organizations under his ministry to follow suit.
The Cabinet Secretary, lauded CCK for developing the plan in consultation with stakeholders adding that its implementation would support the realization of the Government’s ICT policy agenda. He called on the private sector to support the implementation of the five-year plan through making contributions to the Universal Service Fund to help CCK to avail ICT services to all in Kenya by 2018.
He pledged his ministry’s support to the attainment of the goals set out in Plan by facilitating regular review of the ICT policy and legal framework.