Kenyan High Court clears Telkom Kenya and Airtel merger deal

KENYA – Telecommunication companies Telkom Kenya and Airtel have been given the nod to revive their planned merger after Kenyan High Court quashed a letter by the country’s anti-graft agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) questioning the sale of the former’s properties during the privatization period. In a ruling, High Court judge Jairus Ngaa said that the purported move by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to recover property already sold or stop those on sale was illegal. The decision clears the way for the merger which Telkom said had…

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Kenya’s communication authority gives new conditions for Airtel-Telkom merger approval

KENYA – Mobile telecoms regulator, Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) has spelled out new conditions that Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya must meet before their merger is approved. Central to CAK’s authorization is the barring of the soon to be merged entity- Airtel Telkom from entering any other sale transactions in the next five years. The condition essentially blocks the pair from making any further market consolidation efforts to largely see Safaricom retain its market leader position. The CAK further directed that Telkom reverse its 900 megahertz (MHz) and 1800MHz…

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Telkom Kenya to retain name for ICT unit after Airtel merger

KENYA – Telkom Kenya could still retain its brand name for its ICT business even after the merger with Airtel Kenya, a regulatory notice by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has revealed. The two telecommunications firms have sought the Authority’s approval to merge their mobile, enterprise and carrier services to form a single joint venture company. If the deal is approved, Telkom Kenya will transfer its mobile, enterprise and carrier business to Airtel Networks Limited in exchange for a shareholding in Airtel Networks Kenya. However, Airtel has a larger…

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Telkom sets up fibre loop in Mombasa in network boost and expansion

KENYA – Telkom, an integrated communications provider in Kenya has started setting up a fibre loop in Mombasa to address the growing need for faster internet data among businesses and customers. The laying of the new metro loop will connect Mombasa, linking it to the company’s over 10,000km network of the national backbone and the 1,000km redundancy backbone between Mombasa and Tororo, said the company in a statement. The launch follows the completion of a fibre metro loop for the city of Nairobi and its environs. According to Telkom CEO…

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