Yu Mobile sues Airtel for US$22 million

mob_sxcYu Mobile has sued Airtel for US$22 million after a dispute over a Site Leasing Agreement. (Image source: sxc.hu)Two of Kenya's largest mobile service providers, Yu Mobile and Airtel, have been fighting a legal battle over a Site Leasing Agreement

Yu Mobile has sued Airtel for US$22 million following a heated dispute, which saw both parties accuse the other of non-delivery of services, despite both entering into a joint agreement in 2009.

In the latest development, Airtel has threatened to cut Yu Mobile's connectivity.

The dispute stemmed from Airtel leasing certain sites to Yu Mobile, but the operator has claimed that “Airtel failed to meet the agreement which caused Essar to start experiencing frequent site failures that disrupted its network and hampered the customer’s ability to make calls, send sms and use data services”, said a report from Nairobi.

Yu Mobile has also stated that it lost 34 batteries from the leased sites, which it claims was a result of Airtel's breach of the agreement to provide daily security to the sites.

Yu Mobile has said it is determined to recoup $22 million from Airtel and has managed to get an injunction preventing Airtel from switching off Yu Mobile's connectivity or removing its equipment at Airtel’s sites.

Airtel, meanwhile, has also laid a claim of $3 million against Yu Mobile for unspecified damages.

The case will be heard before Kenya’s High Court judge Daniel Musinga on July 20.

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