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Telkom Restructures Business Weeks After Planned Merger With Airtel Backfired

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Telkom Kenya has restructured its business to focus on digitization, consumers and offering cloud services, three weeks after pulling out of a planned merger with Airtel Kenya.

The Company’s CEO Mugo Kibati says the changes are reflective of the firm’s new strategic direction and will enable them to sharpen its efficiencies.

According to the CEO, the restructuring will not result in job losses, but will instead create new career opportunities.

“Telkom will be creating new career growth opportunities as a result of this structural evolution. We will also be investing further in people, with respect to skill development, to deliver our strategic direction,” he said.

New Divisions

Telkom has scrapped its previous service delivery units in favour of new ones. These include Telkom Consumer, Telkom Digital, and wholesale and cloud.

The consumer division will focus on data, financial services, partnerships and digitization.

Meanwhile, the digital division will focus on creating value for customers through various ways such as increasing product and solution portfolio as part of the digitization journey.

“The end game is to be the technology partner of choice to our consumers, private and public sector clients,” he said.

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Under the new structure, the company has named Steve Okeyo as the Managing Director for Telkom Consumer. Kris Senanu has been named the firm’s Managing Director for Telkom Digital while Kebaso Mokogi is the Chief Wholesale and Cloud Officer.

“Given our vast infrastructure asset base, terrestrial fibre, and our 4G network, we are confident in this new direction, one that has also been strengthened by the accelerated digital transformation, making both businesses and individuals acutely aware of the need to change how we do things.”

Kibati added that the new structure will also enable the company to partner more strategically with like-minded entities, for example, in the telecommunications, technology and financial services sectors.

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