Telkom Kenya attracts 7 bidders

Posted on August 15, 2007  /  1 Comments

India’s MTNL, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications along with France Telecom, South Africa’s Telkom, British Telecom and Kuwait’s Alkazar are vying for a 51 per cent controlling share of Kenya’s sole provider of fixed line services.

In Nairobi last week the plan to privatise Telkom Kenya was presented in detail at a two-day government-inspired and sponsored conference. It was very successful and the proposed sell-off of the the East African country’s state-run incumbent has now attracted seven potential bidders. Read more.

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  1. Yes. Telkom may be growing but are problematic at best. However alternative options are coming forward. The problem with Telkom is to date there was no one to compare them to. You might actually realize later that their service is not that bad (as we realized with BT’s service in London, when we stayed there for a while). New companies are Neotel and the value added service providers (or non fix line providers) like Vox Telecom which has recently released the ADSL phone ( view product on ) . Product like these can significantly reduce phone bills and actually earn people some income. The problems with non fixed line providers like Vox telecom are that you still required a fixed line from either Telkom or Neotel. But the rates are SIGNIFICALY cheaper and in many cases your phone bill can disappear completely with the FREE call service for both home and small businesses users. Then there is the added benefit of basic PABX functionality and free cordless phones. Most of the Value added providers uses VoIP (or voice over the Internet) to reduce costs with least cost routing options. I still think though that the ADSL data service from Telkom is good and would recommend it. Then simply add on your ADSL phone and you will have the best of both worlds.