Bids invited for SNO

18 May 2006

The Kenyan government has opened the bidding for companies interested in running the country’s second national telecoms operator. The licence on offer will provide a full range of services, including fixed line and mobile telephony, internet access and data services. The national regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), said in a statement: “The government of Kenya intends to further liberalise the communications market through the introduction of a second national operator.” Kenyan firms are required to hold at least 30% of the new telco’s shares and bidders must have existing telecoms operations with at least 500,000 subscribers. The new telco is expected to be licensed at the start of next year and it is hoped it will bring greater competition to a market currently dominated by state-owned Telkom Kenya.

Kenya, Telkom Kenya