June date for Econet launch

20 Mar 2008

Following five years of distracting shareholder disagreements, Econet Wireless hopes to finally become the country’s fourth licensed mobile operator by June. However, this may prove an overly optimistic target date. Despite its hopes to share network infrastructure and masts with one of the incumbent operators it has yet to strike a deal, having received no response from its overtures to the two leading operators Celtel and Safaricom. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Econet CEO Phillip Mudimu, assured consumers that the rollout would go ahead regardless of whether or not the operators agreed to share their infrastructure, saying Econet would erect its own masts if necessary.

Back in September 2007 Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) allocated Econet frequencies to begin its operation, but after no launch was forthcoming, the government threatened to take action against the company in January this year should it fail to roll out within a month.