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Chart of the Week: MTN SEAGHA Mobile Subscribes by Operation 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
MTN SEAGHA Mobile Subscribes by Operation 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Source: mtn c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Africa & Middle East Major Groups 2Q 2018
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The mobile market consolidation that was observable in 2017 has continued into 2Q 2018. Some of these changes have been driven by operators attempting to improve their margins, such as Airtel which... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Zain sees profits up 15% in first quarter
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Zain Group has published its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2019. Zain served 50 million customers at the end of the period, reflecting a 6 percent increase year-on-year... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Advisory group to be set-up by MTN
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
MTN Group has made changes to the group board and the establishment of an International Advisory Board (IAB). MTN group chairman Phuthuma Nhleko, who was expected to step down at the AGM on 23 May,... More

AFRICA: Net profit of USD 83 million for Airtel in Q1
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Bharti Airtel’s African operations posted a net profit of USD 83 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with a net loss of USD 49 million a year ago, driven by increased consumption of... More

ALGERIA: Djezzy sees subscriber growth continuing in Q1
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Veon reported revenues of DZD 22.8 billion (USD 190.3 million) for its Algerian unit Djezzy in 1Q19, down 1.3 percent year-on-year. This compares with the 4.5 percent fall in underlying revenues ... More

BAHRAIN: Batelco sees 11% rise in Q1 net profits
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Batelco Group has published its results for the first quarter of 2019, and reported an 11 percent rise in net profits to BHD 14.6 million (USD 38.5 million) on revenues of BHD 101.2 million (USD 26... More

CAMEROON: Solution to Viettel dispute promised by Ministers
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute has met Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, in an attempt to resolve a dispute between the shareholders of mobile operator Viettel... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Price of Vodacom licence renewal queried
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Vodacom Congo has refuting allegations of fraud relating to the extension of its 2G licence in a statement. Ministers have accused the operator of not paying the full charge for the 2015 renewal, ... More

EGYPT: Land transit deal signed for PEACE
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019

PCCW Global, Hntong Group and Telecom Egypt signed a landing party agreement during the One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing in April. The agreement will enable the Pakistan & East Africa ... More

GHANA: Radio station status challenged by NCA
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The Ghanaian National Communication Authority (NCA) is proposing to close down radio stations operating without valid licences with immediate effect, following the 2017 FM Broadcasting Audit.... More

GHANA: Fibre network handed-over to Lebara
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019

The government’s fibre and LTE network has been handed over to Lebara Ghana to manage and commercialise for ten years by Minister of ICT, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghanaweb reported.The ... More

ISRAEL: Cellcom calculates savings of revised staff deal
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Cellcom Israel announced on 5 May that it had reached agreement with staff representatives and the Histadrut trade union amending its collective employment agreement (for the years 2019-2021) enter... More

KENYA: JTL pays for spectrum in staged payments
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Jamii Telecom (JTL), which operators under the Faiba brand, has obtained a full operating licence to roll-out 4G mobile voice and data services, The Standard reported.The Communications ... More

KENYA: M-Pesa maintains momentum in Safaricom 2018-19 results
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019

Safaricom has reported its earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) for the full year rose to KES 89.6 billion shillings (USD 874.3 million) from KES 79.3 billion (USD 773.8 million) in the ... More

MALDIVES: Ooredoo fast fibre for Fuvahmulah
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Ooredoo Maldives' 'SuperNet' fibre-optic broadband service is now available on the island of Fuvahmulah.Ooredoo Maldives' CEO Najib Khan was cited by Corporate Maldives as saying: "Fuvahmula... More

NIGERIA: NCC denies any major issues with SIM registration
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied claims that the data relating to some 95.7 million SIM registrations are invalid as a result of poor technology.The NCC’s Commission... More

NIGERIA: MTN share listing imminent
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The 16 May is the date that MTN Nigeria would like to start listing its shares on the stock exchange, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.MTN originally agreed to ... More

NIGERIA: MTN Group sees subscriber base grow by 4 million in Q1
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
MTN Group gained 4 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2019 to reach 236.6 million at the end of March, following strong operational performances in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. Active ... More

OMAN: Vodafone lends muscle to mobile licence bidder
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between a consortium of local investment funds and Vodafone Group regarding the ... More

QATAR: Historic high for Vodafone in Q1
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Vodafone Qatar has recorded a net profit of QAR 44 million (USD 12.0 million) in the first quarter of 2019, up 149 percent year-on-year (described as its 'highest quarterly net profit in its history... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Vodacom revenues rise 2.1% in first quarter
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Service revenues for Vodacom South Africa rose by 2.1 percent to ZAR 55.75 billion (USD 3.9 billion) in the year to March 2019, from ZAR 54.62 billion (USD 3.8 billion) the year before, despite the... More

TANZANIA: Biometric SIM registration programme launched
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Starting on 1 May 2019 mobile network operators started fresh biometric (fingerprint) registration of all SIM card holders. The programme includes registration of non-registered mobile subscribers ... More

TURKEY: Fintur sale boosts Turkcell Q1 numbers
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Mobile network operator Turkcell posted group revenues of TRY 5.675 billion (USD 953.1 million) in the first quarter of 2019, up 19.2% year-on-year, and boosting EBITDA for the period some 12.8 percent... More

TURKEY: Turk Telekom revenues grow 15% in first quarter
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Turk Telekom has reported consolidated revenues up by 15.3 percent year-on-year to TRY 5.4 billion (USD 887.2 million). Excluding IFRIC 12 revenue, consolidated revenue rose 16.7 percent y-o-y, the... More

UGANDA: SIM verification deadline
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Mobile subscribers had until 1 May to verify their SIM cards or risk being disconnected. MTN said subscribers will be required to verify numbers registered under their national identification number... More

ZIMBABWE: Subex provides ACT for Econet
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has contracted Subex to deploy its Analytics Centre of Trust (ACT) offering. The ACT deployment, as well as optimizing Econet's day-to-day operations, will also see it ... More

ZIMBABWE: POTRAZ records y-o-y drop in capex
Published in issue 00864 of 16 May 2019
Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) Director-General Gift Machengete has told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT that total operating costs for mobile network operators... More 

 

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