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Telkom Kenya denies redundancy plans, urges action against Safaricom

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Telkom’s CEO, Aldo Mareuse
Telkom’s CEO, Aldo Mareuse

Telkom Kenya has renewed calls for rival Safaricom be declared a dominant player, reports Citizen News. CEO Aldo Mareuse also sought to allay fears that it was planning to make staff redundant on consulting firm McKinsey’s recommendation.

Safaricom holds over 60 percent of the Kenyan mobile phone subscriber base but industry regulator the Communications Authority insists this does not make it dominant. Safaricom, on its part, has accused Telkom of failing to invest and expand its base, saying that Telkom wants Safaricom punished for doing so.

Mareuse said the McKinsey engagement was more about looking at ways to expand its customer base and realign investments. Telkom also says it is in talks with two firms over partnerships to enable it to sell broadband capacity from two undersea data cables that are about to land in the country.

Edited by Neo Sesinye
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