KENYA PREQUALIFIES FIVE FIRMS FOR MOBILE LICENCE
Kenya’s telecommunication regulator said last week it had short-listed five firms to compete for a licence to operate as the country’s third mobile provider. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said it had prequalified Econet Wireless Group of South Africa, Mobile Systems International (MSI) of Netherlands and a consortium led by Detecom International of Germany. The other bidders are One Cellular Limited, which is a group led by Swadtel Ab of Sweden, and lastly a partnership between Telsar Solutions and Telecel International of South Africa. A sixth consortia, Roma Telecom, was disqualified after it failed to provide evidence that it was teaming up with Portugal Telecom as it had indicated, officials said. CCK said it hoped to pick the winner by July and award the the third GSM network licence by October.