0
Wireless

Safaricom rejects Airtel, Yu's use of M-Pesa agents

Friday 14 February 2014 | 14:16 CET | News
Kenyan operator Safaricom has rejected the push by rivals Airtel and Yu to use M-Pesa agents to offer their mobile money services. Safaricom said it has spent billions of shillings to grow the M-Pesa agency and would not open the shops to rival operators, the Business Daily reported. The move comes after Airtel Kenya petitioned the competition watchdog to take action against Safaricom barring M-Pesa agents from offering the rival's mobile payment services, arguing that the practice amounts to an abuse of dominance. Safaricom reckons that its rivals have an equal opportunity to grow their

Thank you for visiting Telecompaper

Sign up below to get access to the rest of this article and all the telecom news you need.

  • Register free and gain access to even more articles from Telecompaper. Register here
  • Subscribe and get unlimited access to Telecompaper’s full coverage, with a customised choice of news, commentary, research and alerts.

Subscriptions

Already registered?



Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Airtel Kenya / Safaricom / Yu
Countries: Kenya
::: add a comment

Add comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


Related

Safaricom is ordered to share M-Pesa agents with rivals

Published 06 Oct 2014 11:20 CET | Kenya
The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has gazetted an order requiring mobile operator Safaricom to share its mobile money ...

CAK declines to cut cross-network mobile money fees

Published 25 Jul 2014 11:07 CET | Kenya
The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has declined to order a cut in fees charged for making mobile money transfers across ...

Safaricom opens up M-Pesa sales network to rivals

Published 09 Jul 2014 11:24 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operator Safaricom has opened up its M-Pesa agents network to rivals, reports Business Daily. The move is a big win for ...

Regulator still reviewing Airtel case over M-Pesa

Published 03 Jul 2014 12:26 CET | Kenya
The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) is reviewing Airtel's row over the pricing of mobile cash transfer services. CAK ...

Kenyan mobile money agents earn lowest profits - survey

Published 20 Jun 2014 10:44 CET | Kenya
Mobile money agents in Kenya make the lowest profit among the three largest economies of East Africa, causing a number of them to ...

Airtel Kenya sees possible deal in talks over M-Pesa fees

Published 07 May 2014 13:09 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operators Safaricom and Airtel have asked for more time to negotiate an out-of-court settlement in a case where Airtel has ...

Safaricom makes M-Pesa payments instant

Published 05 May 2014 13:04 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operator Safaricom has upgraded its M-Pesa service to enable customers to make mobile banking transactions ...

Bharti Airtel, Safaricom confirm talks to acquire Yu assets

Published 04 Mar 2014 23:57 CET | Kenya
Indian communications carrier Bharti Airtel confirmed that its subsidiary Airtel Networks Kenya has sought approval from the ...

Yu seeks to sell infrastructure as it ends services

Published 03 Mar 2014 12:50 CET | Kenya
Kenyan mobile network Yu, owned by India's Essar Group, has applied to the telecommunications regulator to close down its ...

Safaricom criticises Orange Kenya advert

Published 24 Feb 2014 12:23 CET | Kenya
Safaricom's creative and media agency, Scanad, has lodged a complaint against advertising from rival Orange Kenya, Business Daily ...

Safaricom retail centres set to collect e-waste

Published 19 Feb 2014 12:38 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operator Safaricom said its retail centres will be used as electronic waste collection and storage points, Business Daily ...

Safaricom donates KES 50 mln to mental health hospital

Published 17 Feb 2014 13:35 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operator Safaricom's Foundation has donated KES 50 million to help patients suffering from mental illnesses to access ...

Airtel Kenya wants hearing on Safaricom market dominance

Published 16 Jan 2014 12:47 CET | Kenya
Airtel Kenya has accused its market rival Safaricom of anti-competitive practices. The mobile operator is seeking a court order ...

Safaricom offers to settle in Airtel M-Pesa dispute

Published 21 Nov 2013 12:57 CET | Kenya
Kenyan operator Safaricom has offered to negotiate a settlement with rival Airtel over the latter's complaint of abuse by ...

Airtel Kenya backs plans to open up mobile money market

Published 17 Oct 2013 10:27 CET | Kenya
Airtel Kenya supports proposed regulations by the Central Bank of Kenya that seek to open up mobile payment services for use by ...