Econet offered two-month extension

19 Aug 2008

Econet Wireless Kenya has been given a two-month extension to its rollout deadline after petitioning the government for more time to deploy its networks. The firm now has until November to launch commercially under the terms of its amended licence, Business Daily reports. Econet says its rollout was hampered by the violence that followed disputed general elections last December. When it begins operating Econet will be competing against the two well-established operators, Safaricom and Celtel, with more competition soon to be introduced from wireline service provider Telkom Kenya which was awarded its own cellular concession ahead of the part-privatisation which saw a France Telecom-led consortium taking a 51% stake.

Kenya, Essar Telecom Kenya (yu)