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Kenya to force mobile money competition

Kenya to force mobile money competition

The Communications Authority of Kenya will force mobile phone operators to share money transfer infrastructure, reports The Standard. “CA director-general Francis Wangusi said negotiations by telecoms service providers to set up an interoperable mobile wallet have stalled and the authority will be forced to step in. Wangusi also said the regulator will begin implementing recommendations of a report on dominance. “This is expected to usher in a new era of operations in East Africa’s largest technology market. Wangusi said the regulator had exhausted all stakeholder consultations and was ready to make the report public and begin implementing the far-reaching recommendations.” In 2015, CA commissioned research firm Analysys Mason to conduct a study on competition in the country’s ICT sector following reports that Safaricom had become dominant in voice and mobile money and could be using its position to edge out competition. Preliminary findings into the draft report found Safaricom to be dominant on both voice and mobile money, holding more than 80% of the market share in both market segments. The report further said the telco was also dominant in terms of network infrastructure, owning the bulk of cellphone towers in marginal and low populated areas. Analysys Mason recommended, among other actions, an interoperable mobile money platform to allow sharing by other mobile money transfer service providers and consumers. Read more

  • Monday, 18 December 2017

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