13 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
The arrival of a third mobile operator in Mali will push penetration up to 138% within four years, according to a study by GlobalData.
Telecel Mali went into operation on 28 December, competing
with Orange and Malitel, which is part government-owned. It is
owned by Alpha Telecommunication Mali and is a sister company
of Telecel in Burkina Faso.
According to local news site Malinet, Telecel Mali has
installed 3G capacity for 3 million subscribers at a cost of
about $183 million, using Huawei kit, but aims for 1.5 million
by the end of 2018.
Penetration in Mali was 127% at the end of 2017, according to
GlobalData, the company formed of the merger between Pyramid
Research, Current Analysis and Kable.
According to reports, CEO Souleymane Diallo said: "Direct and
indirect jobs will be created with the recruitment of a hundred
Malian employees, from the first year, and several thousand
distributors and resellers; local subcontracting contracts for
site construction and other deployment work."