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Safaricom Threatened Over Operating License Renewal

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Kenya's largest mobile network operator, Safaricom faces the possibility of not having its operating license renewed later this year if it doesn't take steps to improve its network quality.

In recent tests carried out by the regulator the company only passed in four of the eight categories.

The company is disputing the report, and also the license renewal fee which has been set at USD26.5 million.

However, the regulator has warned that it might not be offered a license renewal in June if network quality does not improve.

"Our view is that punitive measures will not assist the industry to achieve better QoS measures as they will divert resources from operators which could have been applied to improving coverage and network quality," BusinessDaily quoted Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore as saying.

He also called for future testing to be carried out by an independent body rather than the regulator.

On the web: BusinessDaily

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