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Communications Authority to sponsor a Bill spelling out criteria to determine dominance

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The Communications Authority and the Ministry of Information and Technology are sponsoring a bill spelling out criteria to determine market players dominant. The bill which is scheduled to be tabled in parliament next week takes the regulator a step closer in its quest to have telecom operator Safaricom declared dominant. The move has received support from Airtel, the country’s second largest mobile operator that has for the past two years been pushing to have safaricom declared dominant. If declared dominant, Safaricom could be forced to operate in a more restricted business environment in terms of marketing and pricing. Safaricom’s argument has been that as proposed, the regulations would automatically declare it dominant without an audit to establish whether it was abusing its dominance. The regulations describe a dominant player as a licensee that can maintain or erect barriers to entry into the market, including, by means of control of essential facilities, privileged access to resources or capital markets, amongst others. The senate committee on ICT met with Airtel management and supported the proposed regulations. Watch KTN Live http://www.ktnkenya.tv/live Follow us on http://www.twitter.com/ktnkenya Like us on http://www.facebook.com/ktnkenya