Third operator in Mali ‘to push penetration to 138%’

Third operator in Mali ‘to push penetration to 138%’

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.”

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