Telkom Kenya loses 800,000 subscribers following a dispute with tower accomplice

Telkom Kenya loses 800,000 subscribers following a dispute with tower accomplice

Telkom Kenya, the nation’s third-largest telco, has misplaced about 800,000 subscribers within the final three months, months after the American Towers Company (ATC) switched off its network towers. By December 2023, Telkom’s cellular subscribers had dropped to 1.3 million.

ATC switched off 246 Telkom towers attributable to unpaid leasing charges in February 2023, worsening a disagreement relationship again two years. Telkom Kenya’s debt ballooned to KES 7.1 billion ($51.7 million) by October 2023.  

In response to Enterprise Each day, ATC demanded an preliminary cost of KES 500 million ($3.6 million) and a month-to-month charge of KES 150 million ($1.09 million) to reactivate the towers however Telkom cited monetary constraints stopping it from assembly its debt obligations.

Telkom Kenya owned and managed its towers earlier than ATC acquired 723 towers in 2018. On the time, the telco mentioned the transfer would “improve the standard and reliability of our community to profit our clients.”

As of June 2023, ATC Kenya had 3,643 towers nationwide, together with 9 distributed antenna system websites.

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