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Telkom holds on to its fibre network - 2 months ago, 11 Feb 10:42

Brian Ngugi

Telkom Kenya hived off its fibre network business in the ongoing merger with Airtel to give the government a secure communication system, sources familiar with the transaction have revealed.

The planned merger of Kenya’s second and third-largest telecom operators formally announced on Friday will see Telkom Kenya carve out its real estate portfolio and “specific government services” from the deal.

Telkom Kenya operates the National Optic Fibre Backbone (Nofbi), which provides telecommunications connectivity in all the 47 counties.

People familiar with the transaction say the government, which is a 40 percent shareholder of Telkom Kenya, ruled out handing control of the strategic asset to a party that it did not have control over due to the sensitivity of communications and State documents it is involved in transmitting.

“The implementation of this project (Nofbi) aims to ease communication across counties as well as improve government service delivery to the citizens such as application of national ...
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