July 30, 2014 10:42 PM ET

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Company Overview of Telkom Kenya Limited

Company Overview

Telkom Kenya Limited provides integrated telecommunication services for residential and business customers in Kenya. The company offers mobile services, such as mobile prepaid and postpaid, wireless, international calls, and HD voice; Internet services, including Internet on mobile, broadband, 3G, WAP, and D-link wireless router; and fixed landline services, which include landline voice and Internet services. It serves customers on GSM, fixed, and CDMA wireless platforms. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Telkom Kenya Limited operates as a subsidiary of Orange.

Telkom Plaza Ralph Bunche Road

P.O. Box 30301

Nairobi,  00100

Kenya

Founded in 1999

Phone:

254 20 495 2001

Fax:

254 20 251 071

Key Executives for Telkom Kenya Limited

Co-Founder
Chief Finance Officer
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Chief of Mass Market and Customer Care Officer
Chief Carrier Services Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Telkom Kenya Limited Key Developments

Megatech Engineering Emerge As Top Bidder For Stake In Telkom Kenya

Megatech Engineering, Inc. has emerged as the top bidder for 70% stake in Telkom Kenya Limited.Megatech had a competition from international firms including a Vietnam and a British consortium. Megatech placed a bid of KES 25 billion, while an unnamed British Group placed a bid of KES 16.3 billion and Viettel Telecom Co proposed KES 10.6 billion. Orange (ENXTPA:ORA) had in March 2014, appointed Lazard to help it find buyers. Several companies were said to have also placed offers for Telkom Kenya including Unitel GmbH & Co.KG. However, TMT Finance last week reported that Orange was yet to find a prospective buyer with an offer matching its expectation. "It is thought that Lazard is still seeking offers for the (Kenyan) unit, and is not yet holding advanced negotiations with any one party, with current bids much lower than the seller's expectations," a brief by TMT last week said. TMT reported Viettel as being considered one of the favorites for the Telkom Kenya deal. TMT said the Kenyan unit will be difficult to sell as the license conditions require the buyer to be a well-established operator. Any company that gets the deal will have to work with the government of Kenya, owner of the remaining 30% stake.

Investors Reportedly Eye Telkom Kenya

Megatech Engineering, Inc. and Viettel Telecom Co are negotiationg with Orange (ENXTPA:ORA) to acquire 70% stake in Telkom Kenya Limited, people familiar with the matter said. If successful, the deal could offer it an exit route from the local telecoms scene. People familiar with the matter said Megatech Engineering are currently conducting due diligence on the business, hoping to conclude the deal by the end of July. "I can confirm that France Telecom is in talks with three firms, Mega-tech being one of them, and is currently doing due diligence," said a source who did not want to be named. "France Telecom is actually looking for someone to buy its entire 70% stake in Telkom Kenya and this could be concluded by end of July," said the source. The two firms are among three said to have expressed interest in Telkom Kenya. The Business Daily could not confirm the identity of the third firm, but sources indicated that it was Nigerian telecoms operator, Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited. Francis Wangusi, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) director- general, recently told the Business Daily that neither France Telecom nor Telkom Kenya had filed the no objection notice with it as required by law, implying that the negotiations are still at a very early stage. "We (the authority) have not heard anything at the moment, but if there is such a deal it must be at the negotiation stage," Wangusi said. Telkom Kenya chief executive Mickael Ghossein has previously denied knowledge of France Telecom's plan to exit Kenya, insisting that it was merely looking for a partner to inject cash.

Orange Kenya Unveils Biashara Talk

Orange Telkom Kenya has launched Biashara Talk, a wireless fixed voice post-paid service targeted at Small office Home office (SoHo) customers and small businesses. The post-paid service that will be provided via a wireless platform, will allow the user to enjoy high voice quality by acquiring a new landline number, or get to re-activate their old business landline as well as migrate their active landline to a wireless network while maintaining their existing phone number. The service is based on a single number, meaning one 'SIM per offer' and businesses can choose to purchase as many numbers as required. In addition, Biashara Talk customers can create multiple phone extensions for their businesses.

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