Mobile Service providers Safaricom, Airtel have finally been granted conditional approval to acquire Essar Group’s Yu mobile by Kenya’s telecom regulator after an alleged delay by Communications Commission of Kenya.
Both parties are expected to own up to the conditions set by the regulator in order to acquire the final approval from Communications Commission of Kenya. The telecoms should pay outstanding regulatory fees, they are expected to ensure subscribers retain their numbers, and see to the process of customer money transfer services and SIM registrations as well as infrastructure sharing.
Safaricom earlier announced interest in buying the telecoms assets and infrastructure whereas Airtel have their eyes on Essar’s subscribers and will also buy the licences. The deal will leave Kenya with three mobile phone service providers including smaller player Telkom Kenya, owned by France’s Orange.
Six months transition period has been laid for the telecommunication companies to secure transfer of services from Essar Telecom Limited to the two applicants.
Safaricom and Airtel will be expected to submit their framework as well as an implementation plan that clearly shows commitment to facilitate national roaming to mobile subscribers on all networks.
CCK Director General Dr Francis Wangusi said “The commission would want to uphold the principle of infrastructure sharing and in this regard, Safaricom has been requested to provide its proposed framework for sharing its overall passive and active infrastructure with other licensed operators and service providers,”