To date we have been very active in lobbying government. TESPOK has taken a leading role in spearheading the development of Information and Communications Technologies in the country, and also making access to quality and affordable communications service available to all Kenyans.
TESPOK has been involved in a number of initiatives in its efforts to influence government policy formulation and implementation, and in its position to provide industry guidance and reference in telecommunication matters.
- Formation of Kenya’s first “Internet Exchange Point” where currently 27 network operators are peering their local traffic thus improving their interconnect speeds and reducing bandwidth costs. This was set up with the aid of CISCO and UNESCO. Through the KIXP, Kenyans can now enjoy faster transmission of electronic mail within the country, and speedy browsing of websites hosted by connected local Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The establishment of this exchange point was applauded worldwide as it was the first exchange to be established in Africa outside of South Africa.
- TESPOK has also participated jointly with the government and the national regulator CCK together with a number of other stakeholder bodies in a successful and groundbreaking initiative to bring the registration of Kenyan Internet Domain name under the auspices of KENIC, the national registry for .ke (Kenya’s country domain). This was another first in Africa and the International community has encouraged other countries to adopt Kenya’s model.
- Lobbying for fair competition amongst Data Operators and opening up of the International Data Gateway market
- Working with Telkom Kenya to find ways to improve telephone lines availability for ISPs which resulted in Telkom Kenya’s implementation of a project to provide ISPs with Digital E1 access to the PSTN.
- Lobbying for deregulation of VSAT Services as well as VOIP Consultations.
- TESPOK has also been involved in the formation of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, a union of Industry Associations from all sectors of the industry acting as one voice to engage the government in policy formulation and implementation. In KEPSA, TESPOK is recognized as a strong Industry voice representing Information and Telecommunication Technologies.
- Involvement in the discussions on regional Telecommunication initiatives and is a member of the East Africa Regulators of Postal and Telecommunications Organization (EARPTO) influencing regional policy.
- Participation in WSIS – World Summit on the Information Society, where by in the Tunis phase of the WSIS held in Tunis, on 16th – 18th November 2005, the Kenya Internet Exchange Point was showcased as a key ICT initiative amongst other Kenyan ICT milestones.
- Participation in policy discussions with policy makers in a number of important legislative processes and forums. These have included the National ICT Policy Draft review as well as contributing recommendations and comments for adoption in the ICT Draft Policy, steered by Kenya ICT Action Network(KICTANet).
- TESPOK has further interacted with other key stakeholders e.g. Communications Commission of Kenya, Ministry of Information and Communications, the Constitutional Review Commission and Civil Society and further facilitated networking through luncheons, workshops and conferences.
- Setting up the Industry CSIRT in 2010 to assist KIXP peering members clean up their networks.
- Forging strategic partnerships with key industry players to improve on service to members such as Internet Society (ISOC), AFRINIC, Netnod, Google, AMSIX and International Chamber of Commerce.
- Continuous capacity building for TESPOK Members’ staff on key technical trends and issues