Kenyan fixed line operator Telkom Kenya, 51%-owned by France Telecom, has contracted Ericsson to provide a KES8.9 billion (USD1.5 million) GSM network. The new network will put the operator in direct competition with Safaricom, Celtel and Econet Wireless. Econet is planning to roll out its long awaited network in July, while Telkom Kenya intends to set up its network in September. Telkom Kenya CEO Dominic Saint-Jean said, ‘We have an edge over other players since we are the only telecommunication supermarket in the region’ referring to Telkom’s fixed telephony, wireless telephony, mobile telephony and internet divisions. The company hopes to take market share by offering fixed-mobile convergence packages but will face stiff competition in a rapidly expanding market.