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Safaricom: Competition report shows regulator’s fixation on price controls - 11 months ago, 19 Mar 14:17

By: Kwame Owino

In my last blog post, I discussed my impressions of a recent public consultation meeting hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya during which a report assessing the degree of competition in the telecommunications market was presented. The summary of the piece was that the regulator may have intended to ensure the best outcomes from the consultation but these were undermined by the style and structure of the meeting. Despite the fact that there are some lessons for the regulator to learn, several issues of substance in the report are worth highlighting. The background to this long study is that there have been claims from competing firms that the market for telecommunications services in Kenya is dominated by Safaricom. This claim has been sustained by competitors though our survey has not revealed an equally strong assertion from consumers, whose interest should be central to an analysis of market dominance and ...
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