Telkom Kenya has signed an interconnection agreement with alternative telco Bell Western, enabling the latter to offer telecoms services in the north east of the country over Telkom’s network. Bell Western was the first company to offer alternative fixed line services in Kenya when the local telephony market was liberalised in 1999, but its services were geographically limited. The new agreement has improved its reach.
Meanwhile mobile operator Safaricom is in the process of testing out a text-banking service, which will enable users who do not have bank accounts to build up credit on their mobile phones and then pay bills via text message. The project is being funded by Vodafone, which owns 40% of Safaricom.