CIO East Africa
BY KAMAU MBOTE, 17 DECEMBER 2013
ICT ministers from Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan are meeting in Nairobi to discuss the integration of ICT infrastructure in the East African region.
The meeting is expected to discuss among other issues the harmonization of policy regimes among the four countries that utilize especially fiber from Kenya among other crucial infrastructure. Other issues on the table include migration from analogue to digital migration with none of the countries having started the migration amid a global deadline that is growing nearer by the day.
The ministers will also talk about the growing threat of cybersecurity with some of the states yet to create a cybersecurity master plan as well broadband connectivity. SIM registration will also be discussed as the states seek greater control of ICT infrastructure and its usage with the growing threat of terrorism in the region especially from the Al Shabaab likely to feature after attacks in Kenya and Uganda in the past while Rwanda has also been hit by a spate of grenade attacks.
The ministers will also discuss the roaming charges issue with calls from Kenya having been subjected to new levies and taxes mid this year despite an earlier request by the East African Communications Organisation (EACO), who at a meeting in Nairobi earlier in the year discussed adopting a uniform policy regarding roaming and international call rates in the region.
Kamau Mbote possesses a degree in journalism from the United States International University and has over 5 years experience in media having worked in the broadcast and online fields. Prior to joining CIO East Africa he was a senior technology writer with Humanipo where he worked for a year after leaving the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.
Despite his media background Kamau Mbote has always loved technology and was part of the founders of Opinion Yetu, Kenya's first online opinion poll part of the Google apps for elections and has also worked as a social media strategist in a number of companies. Twitter: @kamaumbote