M&ARSS

Regional consolidation derailed by pride

Regional consolidation derailed by pride

The prospect of consolidation among operators in the Middle East and African region has provided much fuel for the industry rumour mill in 2009. But the collapse of talks involving the disposal of Zain Africa to Indian carriers BSNL and MTNL, as well as those between Bharti and MTN has brought to light a disruptive and persistent level of pride within the operator community.

Land of challenges and opportunities

Land of challenges and opportunities

The prospect of consolidation among African and Middle Eastern operators has provided much fuel for the industry rumour mill in 2009, but the apparent collapse of talks involving the disposal of Zain Africa as well as those between Bharti and MTN has not diminished the appetite for expansion.

Belgacom, MTN merge carrier services operations

Belgacom, MTN merge carrier services operations

Belgacom’s International Carrier Services (ICS) division has extended its long standing partnership with pan-African carrier MTN, with the combination of the two firms ICS units and MTN’s acquisition of a stake in Belgacom ICS.

KPN offloads Belgian B2B, carrier assets

Dutch carrier KPN has entered into an agreement to sell its Belgian B2B and carrier business to local rival Mobistar for €65m.

Zain, Paltel merger off

Zain, Paltel merger off

After months of courting, the proposed merger between emerging markets telecoms giant Zain and Palestinian operator Paltel is off.

Survival of the fittest

African incumbents are under threat

The prospect of consolidation among African and Middle Eastern operators has provided much fuel for the industry rumour mill in 2009, but the apparent collapse of talks involving Zain Africa as well as those between Bharti and MTN has not diminished the appetite for expansion.

Confusion reigns over M&A in the Middle East and Africa

Progress on the region’s big M&A deals – the prospective sale of Zain Africa or a stake in Zain; and the cash and share-swap deal between Bharti and MTN – appears to have stalled. There has been such confusion in the past few days over the possible sale of a large stake in Zain to an Indo-Malaysian consortium that it is at risk of descending into a debacle.

Nigeria sets two-month deadline on Nitel privatisation

Nitel's privatisation has been beset with difficulty

Nigeria’s government has set a 60-day deadline for the privatisation of the state-owned incumbent telco Nitel, including mobile operation M-Tel. The announcement came on Monday as the Nigerian vice-president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, appointed a new board to the company to oversee its stabilisation.

Emerging markets to drive M&A growth

The ongoing potential for rapid mobile subscription growth means that emerging markets are set to take over as the main driver of M & A activity, according to research released Thursday. Findings from the Global Mobile M&A report, released by industry analyst and telecoms.com parent Informa Telecoms & Media, reveal that although M&A activity appeared [...]

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