Airtel Africa, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa, has acquired an additional 60 MHz spectrum for $29 million via Zambia subsidiary, Airtel Networks Zambia plc.
The company made the announcement in a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary.
According to Airtel, the new spectrum will help the company expand its network for both mobile data and wireless home broadband. This, it said includes 5G rollout.
“This additional spectrum will support our network expansion in the market for both mobile data and fixed wireless home broadband capability, including for 5G rollout, providing significant capacity to accommodate our continued strong data growth in the country.
“Zambia is one of our largest markets by revenue. This investment reflects our continued confidence in the opportunity inherent in the Zambian market, supporting the local communities and economies through furthering digital inclusion and connectivity.”
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MTN Evaluates Exit from Three African Markets Amid Regional Challenges
African telecommunications giant MTN is reportedly contemplating an “orderly exit” from its operations in Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, and Liberia, according to a report by Business Insider Africa.
The company, which currently operates in 19 countries across Africa and the Middle East, aims to streamline its portfolio and address challenges in the West and Central Africa (Weca) region.
While the exact reasons for the potential exit remain undisclosed, MTN’s financial reports indicate broader challenges in the Weca segment.
CEO Ralph Mupita highlighted concerns over inflation and currency devaluation in multiple markets.
The company’s 2022 financials revealed a 1.7% decline in EBITDA margin due to pricing pressures, fintech channel subsidies, and macroeconomic hurdles.
Although Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, and Liberia contribute only 1.6% to MTN’s total revenue, the move aligns with the company’s strategic focus on optimizing its market presence.
MTN holds a significant market share, approximately 30%, in Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry, while Lonestar MTN is the second-largest telecom operator in Liberia.
The potential exit reflects MTN’s commitment to adapting its business strategy to navigate the evolving economic landscape and optimize its portfolio for sustained growth.
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