Airtel Uganda takes over K2 Telecom subscribers

Friday July 27 2018

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Airtel staff at their stand during a trade fair. K2 Telecom subscribers will be absorbed by Airtel Uganda. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

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Cash-strapped K2 Telecom subscribers will be absorbed by Airtel Uganda, offering a lifeline to the Buganda Kingdom-owned telco two months after it was shut down for failure to pay taxes.

Airtel, the country’s second largest telecom, has taken over K2’s network operations with the latter left to operate as a virtual telecom, an official from the regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said on Friday.

“All network and quality issues are set to be managed by Airtel as of today running until 2021,” said Mr Abdu Salaam Waisswa, head of legal at UCC.

The EastAfrican understands that as part of the deal, customers will be able to buy co-branded K2-Airtel sim cards with K2 receiving loyalty fees from the sales.