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Mobile & Wireless

Safaricom, Airtel in talks to partner on fibre roll-out

Friday 27 April 2012 | 11:10 CET | News
Kenyan operators Safaricom and Airtel will form a joint venture to lay a fibre network to cut their reliance on third parties for wholesale internet and share the cost of building the inland network. Safaricom's CEO Bob Collymore told the Business Daily that it initiated talks with other operators including Orange Kenya and Essar for the joint venture, but only Airtel took up the offer. Collymore said they are going to roll out the fibre in the coming financial year, which will involve partnering with other mobile operators. Safaricom and Airtel have a long standing tower-sharing agreement, and Safaricom has similar agreements with Telkom Kenya and Essar. Collaborating in fibre deployment is an extension of this and will ensure that operators minimise costs while avoiding duplication, the CEO said. Airtel confirmed the joint venture, still at the discussion stage, but the two firms did not provide details on the length of the fibre, the cost of the network and what each firm will bring to the venture.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Airtel / Orange Kenya / Safaricom / Telkom Kenya
Countries: Kenya
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