Sunday, December 26, 2004

Why Not 5 mobile companies?

Safaricom published their 6 month annual reports (their year end in March 2005) and reveled that they earned a profit of Kshs. 2.6 billion between April and September 2004, which was up from the Kshs. 1.5 billion they earned from the same period last year.

There needs to be more competition in this lucrative sector, where Kencell and Safaricom earn super-profits from their high mobile (tariffs) charges that consumers pay. My question is why stop at 2 (3 if you believe in Econet) mobile operators?

I recommend that anyone who PAYS the $25 million should be licensed to operate a cellular/mobile phone company in Kenya. That way the government earns more revenue and mobile communications become more affordable as companies will lower prices and actually compete to attract more consumers. I believe Uganda has 3 and Tanzania 4 mobile companies. (And what happens if Kencell and Safaricom decide to merge one day? - we have seen telecom mergers of such magnitude in Europe and America)

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