Bharti Airtel Uganda Investment To Cross $100 Million

Bharti Airtel will take its first steps on African soil in the country of Uganda. Speaking to Ugandan publication, the Daily Monitor, Manoj Kohli – the CEO of Bharti Airtel Africa spoke about his plans for Africa in general and Uganda in particular. Uganda is among countries with the lowest tele-density in the world – […]

Bharti Airtel will take its first steps on African soil in the country of Uganda. Speaking to Ugandan publication, the Daily Monitor, Manoj Kohli – the CEO of Bharti Airtel Africa spoke about his plans for Africa in general and Uganda in particular.

Uganda is among countries with the lowest tele-density in the world – at 30%. Bharti Airtel is learned to be investing over $100 million over the next two to three years to improve this tele-density by investing in the rural segment.

However, there are quite a few challenges for that to happen. The Ugandan market has one of the highest inter-connect fees in the world. Kohli has however indicated that the company shall partner with the government to reduce interconnect fees in favor of increasing penetration. He says that the company is aiming at becoming a market leader in the long term.

It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

Also read : Bharti Airtel Zambia Investment To Cross $150 Million

Bharti Airtel Zambia Investment To Cross $150 Million

Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading telecom service providers that is currently the world’s fifth largest network in terms of the number of subscribers has said that the carrier will be investing over $150 million in Zambia to improve the network’s infrastructure in the country. This was informed by Manoj Kohli, the recently appointed CEO […]

Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading telecom service providers that is currently the world’s fifth largest network in terms of the number of subscribers has said that the carrier will be investing over $150 million in Zambia to improve the network’s infrastructure in the country. This was informed by Manoj Kohli, the recently appointed CEO of Bharti Africa. The investment is expected to spread over the next 2 to 3 years.

Bharti Airtel completed its $9 billion acquisition of Zain Africa earlier this month. Despite the landmark acquisition, the network still lags behind MTN when it comes to the spread. However, Bharti Airtel is now the largest carrier in the Zambian market and is expected to consolidate this position by investing further in the infrastructure. The company has close to 3 million subscribers in Zambia.

S Tel 3G Services To Launch By Q3 Next Fiscal

One of the latest entrants to the Indian telecom game, S Tel – a joint venture between the Chennai based Siva Group and Bahrain Telecom, has announced that the company shall be rolling out 3G services in the country by the third quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal. The company already has a presence in Himachal […]

One of the latest entrants to the Indian telecom game, S Tel – a joint venture between the Chennai based Siva Group and Bahrain Telecom, has announced that the company shall be rolling out 3G services in the country by the third quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal.

The company already has a presence in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & Orissa and plans to make its foray into Assam and North east by August of this year. Having gained close to 1.2 million users in six months of operation, S Tel has an optimistic view of the growth in this sector moving forward.

However, the company’s plans with respect to 3G remain unclear at the moment. S Tel’s strategy has been to focus on the less-competitive circles like Bihar and Jharkhand which have lesser competition for a reason – poor ARPU. It is not clear how S Tel plans to recoup its investments made to win the bids in West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. Nevertheless, it is an interesting time for the company and we will definitely keep you posted on this one.