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Airtel: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 1:24 am AFKI Original
Africa’s telecoms market is in a state of flux, with some operators seeing huge potential and opportunity while others are concerned with the challenges they face. Trends are being set by both those aiming to expand investment in telecommunications across the continent, and those moving away from the telecoms playing field. Orange and Viettel are making big investment moves, while the likes of Tunisie Telecom and Airtel are retreating from Africa.
Staff, 4:25 am
The telecom operators with the most active customers are MTN in Ghana and Nigeria, Safaricom and Vodacom in Kenya and South Africa respectively and Airtel in Uganda, according to a recent GeoPoll straw poll, which sought to determine the level of customer service and service delivery among telecommunications operators Sub-Saharan Africa. The rate of mobile phone and internet penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to grow.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:09 am AFKI Original
African consumers are increasingly able to enjoy numerous global tech brands due to a growing middle class on the continent that is savvy and mindful of what brands can offer them. Many of these brands have earned the admiration and loyalty of African consumers, with BrandAfrica ranking them in terms of the most admired brands from an African perspective. We take a look at 12 of the most admired global tech brands according to Africans.
Dana Sanchez, 10:32 am
Faced with an escalating price war at home in India, Bharti Airtel is looking to its African operations to reduce debt. India is one of the most competitive telecom markets in the world. The company lost $91 million in Africa in Q3 of 2016. Airtel has 22.14 percent market share in Nigeria and 34.1 million customers. Market observers in Nigeria say lack of access to foreign exchange for operators, falling revenue per user and customers’ lack of disposable income are hurting telecom operators in the country.
Dana Sanchez, 10:25 am
Often highly competitive, African telecoms markets are difficult and expensive places to operate. Telecoms have come to accept the case for outsourcing passive infrastructure such as towers. Most tower-sharing deals in sub-Sahara are motivated by pressure to reduce costs as slowing revenue growth increasingly weighs on margins. In Africa, towers and infrastructure can account for more than 60 percent of the expense to build a mobile network.
Staff, 12:56 pm
The Kenyan government is a big shareholder in Safaricom, one of the most innovative telecom firms worldwide, and East Africa’s biggest company. It built M-Pesa, the world’s most widely used mobile-money network, bringing financial services to the poorest. Having a monopoly was key to that success, and calls are growing in Kenya for official intervention to improve competition.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:06 am
Some commercial banks are moving a step further than just offering mobile banking services to now also offering other telecommunication services through what has come to be known as thin SIM technology that allows banks to ride on existing mobile service provider’s infrastructure.
Staff, 4:19 pm
Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced that it has invested Ksh. 2.5 billion to upgrade its network to enhance indoor coverage and 3G quality in Kenya. The upgrade of all sites in Mombasa and Kitale townships has been completed, with Nairobi’s already in progress.
Staff, 5:56 pm
UNICEF and Bharti Airtel have partnered to collaborate in 17 African countries by rolling out UNICEF health and education apps for free. The aim of the partnership is to improve access to health and education-related information while pushing various innovative projects supported by UNICEF. UNICEF health, education and youth-focused content will be made available to Airtel customers for free across the 17 African countries
Tom Jackson, 6:38 am AFKI Original
The trend in Africa’s growing telecommunications sector has increasingly been towards consolidation over the last few years. Be it infrastructure sharing or a host of mergers and acquisitions, Africa’s operators are working together, and the space is getting less competitive as a result.
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