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Safaricom’s application to operate digital TV services in Kenya has been put on hold until the publication of an ICT competition report, according to the communications regulator.

Safaricom logo 7 Nov 2018The broadcast license applications, entered by the telco more than three years ago, have been put on hold pending the results of a competition study commissioned by the Communications Authority of Kenya, its director general Francis Wangusi said.

The operator, which currently provides a range of mobile services, is investing heavily in fibre optic networks. It plans to offer consumers triple-play services  comprising digital TV, internet and fixed line telephone services, but is yet to hear if it will be awarded an IPTV, subscription management, and terrestrial subscription broadcasting services licence.

At its annual general meeting in October, Safaricom’s management said it was keen to provide infrastructure for content producers to reach audiences.

The study, undertaken by UK consultancy firm Analysys Mason to assess competition in the ICT sector, was completed last year and is undergoing review by industry stakeholders. Findings of the draft report, leaked in February, indicated that Safaricom was dominant in voice and mobile money with more than 80% of the market share, but had not abused that dominance.