Kenya approves TVWS framework

Kenya approves TVWS framework

The Communications Authority of Kenya has decided to approve the framework authorising the use of the TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum.

The new TVWS framework will serve as a flexible way to make efficient use of spectrum while protecting existing and incumbent users from interference. The framework will play a key role in meeting the broadband penetration goals set in the Authority’s Strategic Plan (2018 – 2023).

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) complimented Kenya’s decision to approve the framework authorizing the use of a TVWS.

"The step will make a significant difference in addressing increasing capacity demands, especially in rural, underserved areas, helping to meet the objectives of the Kenya National Broadband Strategy to reach the remotest parts of the country," said Martha Suárez, President of the DSA.

“We are delighted to see that the TVWS framework will now be used to enable cost-effective broadband deployment to increase digital inclusion across Kenya. More opportunities for digital growth and innovation will now be possible” says Martha Suárez. “Following many years of advocating for TVWS in Kenya, we are thrilled to see the potential of TVWS realised as a catalyst to a digital future.”

The TVWS framework will allow lightly licensed white space devices to operate at locations where Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) bands are not in use by licensed services while protecting primary users from receiving harmful interference.

As demand rapidly rises for high-quality broadband, this dynamic approach to spectrum sharing will play a vital role in supporting various use cases, including broadband data, Internet of Things (IoT), Super Wi-Fi, emergency communications, and community networks.