MTNL confirms plan to bid for telecom license in Kenya

16 Oct 2006

(The Statesman via NewsEdge) India's state-run MTNL disclosed that it would bid for a national telecom operator license in Kenya for fixed line and cellular services.

MTNL chairman and managing director RSP Sinha confirmed the report, in a press briefing.

"We have made a bid for telecom operations in Kenya, it is an independent bid," the executive said.

The Kenyan government had invited bids for a second national telecom operator that would provide fixed and mobile telephone services.

The bids are expected to be opened on October 27.

India's Reliance Communications will also bid for the license, according to industry sources.

Kenya's Telecom Commission has short-listed three bids, coming from MTNL, Reliance and Dubai-based Vtel. The winner of the license will be able to offer mobile services, an Internet backbone, international voice gateway as well as national and international fixed line services in the African country.

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