27 October: big day for SNO

16 Oct 2006

Kenya’s telecoms regulator says the winner of the tender to find the country’s second national operator (SNO) will be announced on 27 October. Three firms have been short-listed: Indian telcos MTNL and Reliance, plus Dubai-based Vtel. The SNO will receive a licence allowing it to offer a full range of fixed line, mobile and data services in competition with incumbent wireline operator Telkom Kenya and cellular service providers Safaricom and Celtel. The concession will be awarded on 1 January 2007.