Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Nairobi, it has been announced that Airtel Kenya will host Kenya Airways as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). As such, a licence request has been lodged with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), although the airline has refrained from outlining a projected launch date. When active, Kenya Airways intends to rely on its existing sales channels and customer service infrastructure.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April this year the Kenyan watchdog issued its first three MVNO concessions to Equity Bank (through its subsidiary Finserve Africa), Zioncell Kenya and Mobile Pay. Like Kenya Airways, the virtual operators will all piggyback on Airtel Kenya’s network. Each firm was obliged to pay a licence fee of KES100,000 (USD1,134).