Kenyan mobile operators Airtel and Telkom are reportedly appealing the merger conditions set by the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) at the end of last year.
Business Daily reports that the operators are requesting a review of the authority's order not to cut staff within the first two years or sell any assets of the merged group within the first five years.
Airtel Africa's spokesperson confirmed to Connecting Africa that regulatory approval for the merger had been obtained from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and also noted conditional approval by the Communications Authority (CA) and CAK.
"Currently, the parties are in discussion with the regulator regarding the conditions proposed by the two regulators," the spokesperson said.
According to Business Daily, Telkom and Airtel have both written to the CAK in the hope it will lift the condition which bars the sale of the four frequency spectrum licenses and five operating licenses, including a submarine cable landing license. The telcos also reportedly want to be able to cut employees one year after they merge, as opposed to the Tribunal's two-year ruling.
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