June cautiously set as date for Econet service launch

13 Mar 2008

Econet Wireless Kenya (EWK) has set a new date of the end of June as a target for the company to become the country’s third mobile operator. It had been aiming for a May rollout but claims the plans were disrupted by post-election violence.

EWK hopes for two million subscribers within the first year of operations, and plans initially to focus its activities in Nairobi and Mombasa.

As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last week, statistics from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) show the country had 11.4 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2007. The entry of Econet and Telkom Kenya as third and fourth mobile phone service providers is expected to increase competition in the sector, possibly leading to tariff reductions.

Kenya, Essar Telecom Kenya (yu)