You have 30 days to clear or block the proposed Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya merger, Communications Authority (CA) has in a Kenya Gazette notice asked Kenyans to send in any representation.
For the first time, the Airtel-Telkom deal dismissed by Daily Nation columnist as incapable of shaking Safaricom PLC market dominance, will have Airtel-Telkom but again Telkom Kenya will continue to exist separately in "... providing certain other services to select customers".
NOTICE is given that Airtel Networks Kenya Limited and Telkom Kenya Limited, both Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) duly licensed in Kenya in accordance with the Kenya Information and Communications Act, (Cap 411A). The Applicants have, pursuant to the provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, made an application to the Communications Authority of Kenya of their intent to combine their telecommunication businesses in Kenya, through the transfer of Telkom Kenya’s Mobile, Enterprise and Carrier Business to Airtel Networks Kenya Limited.
In exchange for Telkom Kenya gaining a shareholding in Airtel Networks Kenya, for the purpose of creating an integrated telecommunications company with mobile enterprise, and wholesale divisions. The parties have further indicated that upon approval of the proposed merger, Airtel will thereafter be renamed Airtel-Telkom, while Telkom will continue operating in the ICT sector providing certain other services to select customers.
The Authority intends to grant approval/no objection to the intended merger, subject to the parties fulfilling certain conditions.
The Authority wishes to notify the general public that any legal or natural person, or group of individuals, who are desirous of making any representation and /or any objection to the said application, to do so vide a letter addressed to; The Director-General, Communications Authority of Kenya, CA Centre, Waiyaki Way, P.O.BOX 14448-00800, Nairobi indicating Airtel-Telkom Network Transfer on the cover enclosing it.
The said representation and/or objection must be filed on or before expiry of thirty (30) days from the date of this notice and a copy of the same be forwarded to the Mobile Networks Operators.