Airtel wins case against Safaricom to open up M-Pesa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has ruled in favour of Airtel after the company accused its rival Safaricom of anti-competitive practice, a move coming weeks after Safaricom had decided to open up the network.

The CAK has also prohibited the mobile operator from levying extra charges on competitors using its network.

This brings to an end a long battle between Airtel and Safaricom over exclusivity of the service, which barred M-Pesa agents from engaging in business with other mobile operators.

In a letter signed by the CAK, and sent to Safaricom and Airtel on Friday July 25, Safaricom was ordered to effect the directive before July 18.

Source: HumanIPO (link opens in a new window)

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