“It says that the post-merger, Airtel-Telkom will jointly hold 77.5 MHz of
the spectrum against a customer base of 17.3 million, compared to
Safaricom’s 57.5 MHz with almost double the customer base at 31.8 million.”
Because they hold that even at the moment, how does their combined
ownership of 77.5MHz affect Safaricom?? 🙂
On Thu, 5 Sep 2019 at 06:00, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
> Very interesting.
> Shoe on the other foot kind of thing? 🙂
> Not sure this is an ‘ultimatum’. You just have to love how the media loves
> to garnish stories. I must, however, say that what the Safaricom CEO
> (notice I have not added ‘interim’ because I believe MJ is going nowhere
> for a while and he has hinted as such himself) is asking for makes sense.
> On the spectrum issue. However, I believe spectrum should not be dished out
> on account of market share alone. Other considerations should include:-
> 1. Public Good.
> 2. Serving marginalized areas.
> 3. Allocation to potential disruptive startups in the industry.
> This should be interesting to follow.
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> On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 6:49 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
> firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Safaricom has set an ultimatum for the Telkom-Kenya and Airtel merger
>> while downplaying claims that it is opposed to the deal, which is expected
>> before the end of the year.
>> On Tuesday, Telkom-Kenya Managing Director Mugo Kibati cried foul over
>> Safaricom’s opposition to the deal, which he says, will spur innovation in
>> the sector and put Kenya in the map as a tech giant in the region.
>> Safaricom says it does not oppose the move but wants the two operators to
>> settle a debt of Sh1.2 billion and the issue of frequency allocation to be
>> “While we are supportive of industry changes that seek to deliver greater
>> choice and value to consumers, we have raised valid concerns that we hope
>> the regulator will consider and address as part of the approval process,”
>> says Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.
>> “The first is the debt owed by the two operators, amounting to
>> Sh1,297,448,468.88, incurred for the provision of various services
>> including interconnection, co-location and fibre services. This debt is due
>> and payable, based on the agreement to provide services entered into with
>> the two entities as distinct operators. Our expectation is that the payment
>> obligations should be settled in full before the transfer of business is
>> Safaricom also wants a rebalance to the frequencies allocation.
>> It says that the post-merger, Airtel-Telkom will jointly hold 77.5 MHz of
>> the spectrum against a customer base of 17.3 million, compared to
>> Safaricom’s 57.5 MHz with almost double the customer base at 31.8 million.
>> “Given the size of Safaricom’s customer base in comparison to the current
>> spectrum holdings, it is apparent that the transaction will create a
>> disproportionate imbalance in the spectrum allocation, which will be
>> inconsistent with the market share,” says Joseph.
>> The interim CEO also wants equal treatment of operators and creation of a
>> level playing field within the industry, specifically in relation to
>> licensing and operations requirements.
>> “Having articulated our concerns, we await direction from the regulator
>> on the way forward, especially in regard to the debt payment and
>> rebalancing of frequencies allocation.”
>> “We also look forward to working alongside other industry players to
>> continue delivering high quality, innovative services to Kenyans.”
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