How Kenya Could Unlock Full Potential of Wi-Fi

By Whitehouse Communications
Published July 16, 2022

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes government of Kenya’s decision to designate the lower 6 GHz radio spectrum (5925 - 6425 MHz) for license-exempt Wi-Fi use in line with the African Telecommunications Union’s July 2021 recommendation.Kenya would unlock the full potential of wireless internet (Wi-Fi) connectivity if it allocated the entire 6 GHz bandwidth (5925 – 7125 MHz) for Wi-Fi use.

Welcoming Government of Kenya’s decision to designate the lower 6 GHz radio spectrum (5925 – 6425 MHz) for license-exempt Wi-Fi use in line with the African Telecommunications Union’s July 2021 recommendation, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) that promotes spectrum sharing innovation around the world says ‘this decision will ensure that Kenya remains competitive on the regional stage as next generation Wi-Fi 6 and 6E technologies, capable of boosting public services, enhancing business operations, and seamlessly connecting citizens, are adopted’.

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In order for Kenya to unlock the full potential of Wi-Fi, however, DSA has called on policymakers to allocate the entire 6 GHz bandwidth (5925 – 7125 MHz) for Wi-Fi use.

Wireless internet service providers require access to the full 6 GHz band to deliver supercharged digital services that will enhance Kenya’s urban and rural broadband coverage, improve internet access and affordability for citizens, and facilitate faster speeds with greater reliability for businesses.

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Martha Suarez, President of DSA, says Kenyan citizens, enterprises, and the nation’s economy stand to benefit enormously from unlocking the full potential of Wi-FiA report released by DSA in 2021 has revealed that if decision makers designate the entire 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi use, upwards of US$20 billion more would be generated for the Kenyan economy by 2030. Additionally, the study projects that a further 1.4 million Kenyan citizens would access the Internet by 2030 as a result of full 6 GHz Wi-Fi use.

“Kenyan citizens, enterprises, and the nation’s economy stand to benefit enormously from unlocking the full potential of Wi-Fi,” says Martha Suarez, President of DSA. “However, this substantial increase in wealth and narrowing of Kenya’s digital divide will only be achieved if policymakers designate the full 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi use.”

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