Out of Africa: A new kind of telecoms operator is evolving in Africa and the Middle East

Out of Africa: A new kind of telecoms operator is evolving in Africa and the Middle East
That mobile phones are transforming economic and social life in Africa is now widely understood. Less well known are the companies that are leading the charge. Following a flurry of deals over the past 18 months, five African and Middle Eastern operators are now vying for supremacy. These regional powerhouses have worked out how to earn princely sums in the world’s poorest places. So far they have mostly been too busy signing up new subscribers to compete vigorously with each other. But that is now starting to change, and the industry is preparing for a round of consolidation as the operators start to attack each other’s markets.
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