Kara in partnership with Safaricom hosted a Webinar on protection of Telecommunication Infrastructures on 4th August, 2022.

The theme of discussion was “Role of Organized Community Groups in Protection of Telecommunication Infrastructure in Kenya.” Speakers who addressed the Webinar were Mr. Fredrick Kabusia, Senior Manager, Technical Regulations, Safaricom PLC; Mr. Benard Njoroge, Managing Director, Adrian Kenya and Mr. Eric Kiraithe, Principal Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Fredrick Kabusia stated that Safaricom has continued to suffer huge losses due to the vandalism of its telecom masts in northern Kenya. He noted that over 40 masts have been destroyed in different parts of Mandera, Garissa and other counties on the Kenya-Somalia border, in terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab over the last 7years. He also pointed out that road constructions have also led to the destruction of most telecommunication infrastructures therefore denying consumers much-needed services, and losses arising from the disruption of services in other sectors that rely on ICTs and essential government services.  He added that over the past 10 years, Safaricom has deployed over 5000KM of fibre to serve its increasing network footprint in order to offer good quality of experience to its customers. He noted that communication optic fiber has now been classified as critical infrastructure and should be protected by community groups at all costs. He stated that Safaricom will continue to collaborate with Kara to create awareness on protection of telecommunication Infrastructures at the neigborhoods.

  1. Benard Njoroge stated that there was need for telecommunication infrastructure service providers to educate communities on key risks of telecommunication infrastructures, and ensure proper engagement of Resident Associations in the installation and protection of telecommunication infrastructures at the neigborhoods. He urged Resident Associationsto come up with standards for their gated communities that facilitates easy access and service provision by licensed service providers.

Mr. Kiraithe stated that the government in partnership with key stakeholders in the ICT sector are working together to protect communication infrastructure and to ensure that services are stable. He noted that the government is responsible for the protection of all telecommunication infrastructures to ensure the quality of service to the consumers is seamless. He added that the government officially classified telecommunications and IT installations as critical infrastructure which paves the way for strengthened security measures to be applied. He pointed out that the gazettement of critical infrastructure is part of wide-ranging intervention by government to protect key installations and infrastructures from vandalism.

You can find link of the recording of the webinar here………...