Regulator investigates ATC, Airtel Africa

Regulator investigates ATC, Airtel Africa

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa competition commission opened an investigation into American Tower Corporation and Airtel Africa, for alleged anti-competitive conduct, after the two companies signed a partnership agreement in 2022. 

In a statement, the commission detailed that the two companies have potentially violated Article 16 of its regulations, which prohibits agreements that may affect trade between member states or restrict competition. 

COMESA received a complaint alleging the existence of anti-competitive agreements between ATC and Airtel Africa, in which Airtel will take a certain number of ATC sites annually and in return, ATC will give a cash rebate to Airtel. 

The commission will analyse the conduct of this alleged deal and determine its effect on the market. The companies have until March 14th to submit their representations to the commission.

In 2022, ATC and Airtel Africa signed a multi-year agreement where the operator would leverage the towerco’s sites in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda to support ist network rollout.

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