Telkom unveils GSM plans

17 Dec 2007

Telkom Kenya has revealed plans to begin rolling out a GSM cellular network when it receives its national mobile licence. The firm has also confirmed it will continue to use CDMA technology to provide its ‘Telkom Wireless’ fixed wireless access (FWA) service. Telkom is Kenya’s largest wireline operator but is looking to enter the cellular market after its 60% stake in the country’s largest cellco, Safaricom, was transferred back to government ownership prior to a public share sale. Safaricom currently competes with just one other mobile operator, Celtel, but a third player, Econet, is set to join the market early next year. Telkom has not disclosed when it plans to launch its own GSM services. It will pay a USD55 million fee for its GSM concession.

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