In May 2009 The EastAfrican reported that MTN had acquired 60% of UUNET Kenya. In the same year Standard reported that MTN was eying the then Econet Kenya and now Essar Kenya. Nothing much came from the news with no denial nor confirmation. The former seems to be true now that UUNET is now branding as MTN Business Kenya.
It will be interesting to know what was in the deal but MTN must have acquired quite a big chunk of the data giant.Already the MTN Business Kenya website is on (http://www.mtnbusiness.co.ke).
MTN might be going for the throat of Safaricom in the market and so the data forte might not be safe for the Kenyan dominant player. Zain (Bharti Airtel) is giving it sleepless nights on voice and mass market products with the outgoing CEO bragging that data will be a field Safaricom will dominate for a little longer. The domination might be coming to an end soon if MTN really take the market seriously and invest in it.
As the sleeves rolls and blood is shed, the real beneficiary might just be me as the consumer. Please fight on