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Middle East and African operator groups have agreed to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives

Middle East and African operators to collaborate on infrastructure sharing

Mobile operator groups serving the Middle East and Africa have agreed to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives in an effort to provide mobile broadband access to unserved rural communities in the region. The operators also intend to drive down the cost of mobile services for consumers across the regions.

Vodafone has extended its partnership with France’s SFR for a further four years

Zain Bahrain inks managed services deal with Ericsson

Middle East operator group Zain has called on kit vendor Ericsson to manage, plan and optimise its network in Bahrain. The four year managed services deal will result in improved network stability and quality for the operator, said Ericsson.

Vodafone and Zain have inked a deal to expand their footprints in the Middle East

Vodafone eyes Middle East expansion with Zain deal

In a move to capitalise on the mounting opportunity in the Middle East operator groups Zain and Vodafone have announced a partnership to enhance each other’s footprint in the region.

Zain has refocused its attentions

Zain records 7% rise in profit

Kuwait-based operator Zain on Tuesday reported a seven per cent year on year increase in net income for the first nine months of 2011, to reach $762.5m, supported by a 2.2 per cent increase in revenues to reach $3.6bn.

Kenya's Safaricom is threatening to pull out of a joint LTE venture

Airtel and Safaricom clash over MNP

An increasingly bitter war between Kenyan operators Safaricom and Airtel has spilled into the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) space. Barely two weeks after the country introduced MNP, a war of words has broken out between the two telcos, with each accusing the other of sabotage and the use of nefarious tactics to prevent subscribers from switching providers.

Serbia has called off the auction

Etisalat officially cools talks with Zain

UAE operator Etisalat has officially called an end to its talks with Zain, despite the fact that the latter may have found a buyer for its Saudi unit.

Huawei and Telenor sign an international deal

Zain accepts offer for Saudi unit

The on again off again sale of Zain’s Saudi Arabian operation looked a bit more solid on Tuesday, when the Kuwait-headquartered carrier accepted an offer, from a joint venture made up of Bahrain’s Batelco and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).

Branding can make all the difference

Bharti rebrands Zain Africa operations

India-based Bharti Airtel, the new owner of Zain’s African assets has begun the re-branding process across the 16 operations in the region.

Zain has refocused its attentions

Why Etisalat’s move for Zain makes sense

UAE operator Etisalat’s offer for a 46 per cent stake in Zain is a move that makes a lot of sense in terms of advancing Etisalat’s own expansion plans, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

Orascom, MTN call off acquisition talks

Orascom, MTN call off acquisition talks

Egyptian carrier Orascom, run by billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris, said this week that it has called off discussions with regional powerhouse MTN.

Expect market consolidation and plan for M&A

Investing in Africa tip nine: Expect market consolidation

It is inevitable that the African market will go through a period of consolidation. Governments have distributed new mobile licenses liberally and profited as a result. So too have the consumers in most markets. Competition has led to a greater choice of provider and lower pricing, although not necessarily high quality.

Branding can make all the difference

Investing in Africa tip eight: Build a distinct brand

Mobile operators in Africa are fortunate. Unlike in some of the world’s more developed markets, trust and familiarity are associated with many operators. The very fact that in many cases the mobile handset has empowered individuals means that mobile consumers often have a great affinity with the mobile operator brand.

Virgin Mobile India will make the app store available via its WAP portal, Vbytes

Investing in Africa tip seven: Provide the most relevant content

In a marketplace in which operators are not just fighting for a share of a user’s communications wallet but for a share of that user’s entire spend, it is important that a new operator is able to offer something directly relevant to the addressable market.

Build on potential of WiMAX

Investing in Africa tip six: Build on potential of WiMAX

Globally the prospects for WiMAX may have dimmed somewhat in the past couple of years, partly as a result of the strong growth of HSPA, which is often seen as a rival to WiMAX, and partly as a result of a lost appetite for network spending. But Africa still offers WiMAX technology a home.

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today

Investing in Africa tip five: Maximise mobile data potential

There is substantial opportunity for growth in mobile data services in Africa. Demand for data services is great and the arrival of new undersea cables should remove some of the bottleneck created by Africa’s lack of international connectivity. The fact is that this demand will be met mainly by wireless rather than wireline connections.

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How Bharti will tackle Africa’s challenges

Emerging markets giant Zain has announced the $10.7bn sale of its African operations to Indian carrier Bharti Airtel, in a landmark deal that could transform Africa’s competitive landscape. In this video Informa principal analyst Nick Jotischky discusses Bharti’s first moves in the region.

Ericsson has scored another managed services deal

Investing in Africa tip three: Focus on operational delivery by outsourcing

As long as its partner relationships are sound, the operator should be able to focus on what a growing number of providers see as being core to operational success (customer, financial, regulatory and brand management). It is these factors that will drive strategy and ensure that pricing levels are competitive, the distribution model is robust and efficient, and that an operator’s products and service portfolio meets the needs and demands of its customers.

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