NAIROBI, March 3 Kenya's two biggest telecoms
operators, Safaricom and the local unit of Bharti
Airtel, have made a joint bid for the smallest
operator, Indian group Essar Coomunications' Yu, the industry
regulator said on Monday.
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said it had
received applications from the firms to allow the transaction
that will see Safaricom and Airtel spend a combined $100
Local newspaper reports said Safaricom, which is 40 percent
owned by Vodafone, will get Yu's infrastructure such as
base stations in a bid to improve the quality of its network.
Meanwhile Airtel is expected to acquire the subscriber base
that Yu has built up since entering the Kenyan market in 2008,
said The Sunday Nation newspaper.
Bob Collymore, the chief executive of Safaricom, told
Reuters they would make a formal announcement when the deal is