KENYA’S CCK NARROWS THE SHORTLIST FOR THE SNO TENDER

Telecoms

Last Friday Kenya’s telecommunications regulator CCK dropped two hopefuls in the race for the licence to run a second national fixed-line service, which it aims to award by June 2004. China Netcom Corporation (CNC) Ltd and a consortium led by Israel’s Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILTF.O) failed to qualify to advance to the next stage, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said in a statement.

Among the criteria used to shortlist five out of the original seven bidders was evidence that they manage at least 500,000 subscribers and had an annual turnover of $150 million.

Canada’s state-owned Sasktel, a consortium of China Network Corporation International and China’s telecommunication gear maker ZTE Corp (000063.SZ), and Norway’s Telenor (TEL.OL) advanced to the next stage. Still in the race also are Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) and a consortium of Kenya’s Pegrume Group Ltd. and TCIL India, Tata India.

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