Kenyan court rules against regulator in spectrum fee dispute with Airtel

19 Dec 2017

The High Court of Kenya has ruled against a decision by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to charge mobile operator Airtel Kenya KES2.1 billion (USD20.2 million) in spectrum fees, reports Daily Nation. The dispute dates back to July 2015, when the regulator demanded Airtel pay KES2.1 billion to renew a licence it had acquired through the acquisition of rival cellco Essar Telecom Kenya (yu). Airtel argued that the CA had initially agreed to merge Essar’s licence with its own, as part of the takeover deal, but later demanded that the Bharti Airtel unit pay additional fees to renew the spectrum permit.

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