MPs to conduct inquiry into cases of pricing of key services in telecommunications sector
SEE ALSO :Race to replace UK's May gets underwayThe committee said it would recommend measures to address any gaps found to contribute to anti-competitive behaviour or restrict growth in the sector, including proposed legislation. This is the second time in the past few years that Parliament has floated the proposal to amend the KICA, 1998. In March last year, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo sought to table an amendment to the Act to have telecommunication companies separate their business along lines of service provision. The amendment was meant to see firms classified and separated alongside business focus such as voice carriers, data and internet service providers and mobile money transfer companies, each with separate company accounts and management structures. “The changes will require telecommunications mobile service provider to split, or separate telecommunications business such as mobile telephone business from other services such as mobile money transfers, transport, healthcare, banking etc,” read the proposed amendments.
SEE ALSO :MPs now slash SRC budgetThe amendments were, however, struck out after they failed to garner enough support on the floor of the house. Apart from investigating dominance, MPs also promised to look into allocation and use of spectrum and market share of each telecom service provider. “We will also look at mobile money services and rates, including transaction charges, transfer fees, loans and interest, airtime and data rates, including airtime loans and service fees,” stated the parliamentary committee.
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