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    From 'The Mobile World Briefing'


    The list of the ten largest companies in the Middle East and Africa region in the third quarter 2006 contains the same ten businesses that were listed in our second quarter roundup in Issue 39, but there have been a number of changes in the order. Vodacom in South Africa retains its first place, but its share of the regional market has fallen by nearly one percent - from 9.03% to 8.13% - during the quarter, as a result of a change in the way it defines active customers. This reduced the overall base by 179k, leaving it with 20.2m at the end of the quarter.

    Vodacom may have experienced a decline in its overall share in the September quarter, but it is still by far the largest operator in the region, with a lead of more than 7m customers over STC, the market leader in Saudi Arabia and the second placed company in MEA. Its lead over its domestic rival - MTN's South African subsidiary, the third largest operator - is nearly 9m. STC ended the quarter with just over 13m customers, or 5.25% of the regional total, while MTN came in with 11.3m, or 4.55%.

    Itissalat Al-Maghrib, the market leader in Morocco, has moved up from seventh place in the June quarter to fourth at the end of September. Itissalat added over 1.5m new customers in the quarter to overtake both MTN Nigeria and TCI of Iran, though as we shall see, neither of these performed badly. MTN's Nigerian subsidiary closed the quarter in fifth place, with 10.4m customers, up from 9.6m at the end of June. TCI of Iran, which stayed in sixth place, became the sixth company in the region to pass the 10m mark, ending the quarter with 10.13m customers. Orascom's Algerian subsidiary also passed this particular milestone, but dropped back from fifth to seventh, with 10.005m subscribers.

    Of the top seven, only Itissalat increased its share of the regional total (from 3.95% to 4.22%) but all three of remaining operators have managed this. The privately owned Nigerian operator Globacom had another very strong quarter, adding more than one million customers for the third time in a row, to take its total to 9.5m. Both the ninth and tenth placed companies come from Egypt, with the Orascom/France Telecom joint venture Mobinil just ahead of Vodafone Egypt, with 8.1m and 7.9m respectively.

    In total, these ten businesses have just over 111m customers, or around 45% of the region's total. This is an increase of 8m over the June figure and of 31m over the September 2005 total, implying an aggregate annual growth rate of nearly 40%. However, the leading companies' share of the regional total has dropped both quarter on quarter and year on year by 87 basis points and 315 basis points respectively. If the top ten grew by 39% and still lost that amount of share, what does this say for the other businesses in the region? Mainly driven by demand in Africa, these other companies have grown nearly half as fast again, increasing their combined customer base by over 50m, or 58%, to 137.5m.

    MEA Operators in Q3 2006: The Top Ten

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    Etisalat's Chairman Mohammed Omran has said the firm is interested in bidding for Kuwait's National Mobile Telecommunications Company, Wataniya, according to Bloomberg. Omran said Etisalat has looked at Wataniya several times already but stressed its main focus right now was the Algerian market, where the government is looking to sell up to 50% of Algerie Telecom.

    Etisalat eyes Wataniya - but keeps main focus on Algeria

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    DAVOS — Emirates Telecommunications Corp. is prepared to pay up to $3 billion to bid for state-run Algerie Telecom, Etisalat chairman Mohammad Hassan Omran said.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Omran said Algeria is expected to announce details on a partial privatisation of Algerie Telecom in the first half of 2007.

    "The government said they will do it last year, now they say in the first half of 2007. They have not yet opened a bidding so they have not announced the conditions," Omran said in the Alpine ski resort of Davos.

    "We will pay north of $2 billion to 3 billion, but it will depend on many conditions." Etisalat, has been expanding aggressively abroad as it loses a virtual monopoly in the United Arab Emirates when Dubai-based du launches operations, likely in the first quarter.

    Referring to a report by du that it aimed to gain 30 per cent of the UAE market share, Omran said: "It is a competitor. We will do our best." Omran said Etisalat, the Arab world's second largest telecom operator by market value, painted an optimistic picture for 2006 full-year results.

    Its nine-month net profit rose 36 per cent from a year earlier, according to third-quarter results reported in October. "We are fairly positive now. The (full-year) financial figures are not announced yet but it will be very encouraging," Omran said. Etisalat's expansion areas include Pakistan, Egypt and West Africa. Asked if the firm was interested in going beyond these regions, Omran said: "Not for the time being. We have a lot of big markets so our target in 2007 is to make value out of this."

    Etisalat bought Egypt's third mobile licence for $2.9 billion in July and plans to start operations in February, competing with Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt, which have about 16 million customers between them. Etisalat has minority stakes in operators in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

    Etisalat may pay $2-3 billion for Algérie Telecom

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    Sunday, 4 February 2007 - - Kuwait-based telco Wataniya Telecom has announced its Algerian subsidiary Nedjma hit 3 million subscribers in December 2006, a 100% subscriber base increase from January the same year.

    “Just two years after its commercial launch, Nedjma today is one of our fastest growing markets. As of December 2006, Nedjma more than doubled its subscribers in Algeria, generated positive cash flows and its average revenue per user has taken a positive turn,” announced Ahmed Haleem, Wataniya International CEO. “A combination of management determination and innovation has resulted in these achievements,” he added

    Algeria’s telecoms market was liberalised in 2002 and has since become one of Middle East and North Africa’s fastest growing telecommunication sectors, housing a total of three operators, namely Algeria Telecom (Mobilis), Orascom Telecom Algeria (Djezzy) and Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma).

    Wataniya, operating under the brand Nedjma, has managed to capture a large percentage of the Algerian market in a relatively short period of time due to its aggressive price promotions - such as offering free evening MMS and free call minutes on activation - and multimedia services; forcing incumbents Mobilis and Djezzy to rapidly lower tariffs and improve their services.

    Wataniya announces 3 million Algerian subscribers

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    Kuwait’s MTC, through its African subsidiary Celtel, plans to submit a bid for Algérie Telecom, the country's state-owned telecoms company, Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported on Monday (February 5th). Reports indicate that Celtel will offer fixed line, mobile and Internet services. Earlier this year, Algeria announced it will unveil the detailed plans on the company’s partial privatisation in the first half of 2007. So far France Telecom, Telefonica, Emirates Etisalat, Protugal Telecom and Deutsche Telecom are showing interest in the sale...

    Kuwait's MTC plans to bid for Algerie Telecom

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    Telecom firms see potential in world's remotest regions

    ".....One popular approach for operators to spread their services to remote, low-income communities has been to set up communal cellphones. They often join forces with local entrepreneurs who rent out use of a phone to neighbors, charging them based on how long they talk. In Algeria, Orascom Telecom Holding SAE has a pilot project to install cellphones in very small villages and other remote areas that border the desert, including places nomadic populations frequent such as watering holes and bathing tents. The phones are wireless but resemble old-fashioned chunky desktop phones in order to withstand the heavy use and extreme desert climates.

    So far, the 10 or so phones in the trial are used for roughly 40 minutes a day, a level the carrier says is profitable, says Roslane Bencharif, head of strategic planning and business development for Orascom in Algeria. Orascom is rolling out about 500 phones in Algeria, which cost the operator about $370 each, says Mr. Bencharif, based in Algiers.

    Joshua Perry, an independent consultant working for Orascom, says as he traveled around Algeria to set up the project "the reaction was fevered. It was quite phenomenal." Once, a local official invited him in for mint tea, and in another village, locals slaughtered and roasted lamb to welcome him, he says....."

    New frontiers for cellphone service

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    Wataniya Télécom Algérie :

    dimanche 18 fevrier 2007 - - Le groupe de téléphonie mobile Wataniya Télécom annonce, à l’occasion du 3e sommet mondial du GSM de Barcelone, l’acquisition, auprès du leader mondial en solutions technologiques HP, du premier système de facturation convergent HP CC, un outil de dernière génération déployé pour la première fois en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient.

    «Wataniya Télécom Algérie [WTA] sera le premier opérateur du groupe à utiliser ce système, qui devra être généralisé aux autres filiales dans un très proche futur», peut-on lire dans un communiqué publié hier. HP est le partenaire privilégié de Wataniya dans la fourniture de services et de solutions à la pointe de la technologie.

    A propos de cette acquisition, Joseph Ged, directeur général adjoint opérationnel de WTA, cité dans le communiqué, a déclaré : «Wataniya Télécom est leader dans l’innovation sur ses marchés, parce qu’il investit dans les technologies les plus avancées pour répondre aux prévisions et aux attentes des investisseurs.

    Le système de facturation convergent est le premier du genre à être implémenté sur l’ensemble de nos opérations. Il nous permettra de faire un pas de géant en avant dans notre manière d’innover et nous donnera une plus grande flexibilité en matière de facturation sur nos offres actuelles et futures.» Pour sa part, Patty Lewis, directrice des solutions facturation, communication et média à HP, citée par la même source, a indiqué que le système HP CC offre une solution unique et intégrée de facturation, comparé aux outils actuels qui sont fragmentés et inefficients.

    «Avec le HP CC, nous apportons un support essentiel pour Nedjma dans sa démarche qui vise à offrir aux consommateurs algériens une expérience nouvelle et de qualité dans l’utilisation de leurs mobiles.» Le système HP CC (HP Convergent Charging) est une solution unifiée qui permet une facturation précise et simplifiée des services voix, data et contenus pour les plus de 3 millions d’abonnés Nedjma.

    Pour M. Ged, Nedjma, qui a introduit pour la première fois en Algérie les services multimédia et des solutions innovantes pour les PME, investit dans la technologie de pointe car c’est un atout qui déterminera son succès dans le futur.

    La base technologique acquise et utilisée va booster, selon lui, la croissance et la profitabilité de l’entreprise, comme elle renforcera sa position dans l’innovation mobile sur le marché algérien.

    Acquisition d’un puissant système de facturation convergent HP

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