The complaint was filed after Airtel reportedly noticed that Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile network operator charged more for money transfer to other networks. While offnet pricing are usually higher for telecom services, it is not clear whether the same applies for mobile money services.
Last year, Airtel Kenya filed a complaint against Safaricom accusing it of abusing its market dominance. Airtel said that safaricom was restricting the market to unhealthy competition thus closing the market outlets.
Airtel Kenya still maintains that Safaricom is abusing its position as the country’s largest mobile network operator in imposing higher charges for off-net mobile money transfers
The Competition Authority of Kenya director general Wangombe Kariuki has confirmed that the complaint is in their receipt and that the report is due shortly.