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Airtel Africa at 10: yuMobile subscriber, Tigo Rwanda acquisitions, $1.25bn raise and other milestones



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Airtel Africa has achieved milestones in the telecoms and mobile money industries within the last 10 years.

Over the past decade, Airtel Africa with a presence in 14 countries in Africa, primarily in East, Central and West Africa, has supported social transformation across the continent by enabling millions of people to access data services and be part of the financial system.


Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a warmth handshake with the Airtel Nigeria MD/CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, during a function recently

Airtel Africa’s voice, data and mobile money services are driving growth and Transforming Customers’ lives. Airtel Africa provides voice services to 110.6m customers, data services to 35.4m customers and mobile money services to 18.3m customers.

The company had a turnover of $3.4 bn in the last financial year.

So, here is the journey of Airtel Africa since it’s metamorphosed from Zain Group 1o years ago:

Bharti Airtel Limited acquired the African operations of the Zain Group (formerly Mobile Telecommunications Group) comprising 36 million subscribers operating in 15 countries, including 12 of the Group’s current 14-country footprint.

The Group further expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Telecom Seychelles Limited.


The Group launched its greenfield operations in Rwanda.


The Group expanded its operations in Uganda and in Congo through the acquisition of Warid Telecom Uganda and Warid Congo SA from the Warid Group.


The Group acquired yuMobile’s subscriber base in Kenya from Essar Telecommunications Kenya, a part of the Essar Group.


The Group completed the sale of its operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone to France-based Orange, to better streamline the Group’s footprint in East Africa.


From left to right: Director, Customer Experience, Airtel Nigeria, Veronica Onoja; 5 Million Naira Winner of Airtelthanks Cash token Rewards, Daniel Oladipupo; Chairman, CeLD Innovations, Taiwo Olashore and the State Coordinator, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Onuzulu Pricilla, during Airtelthanks Cash Token Rewards Presentation held at Airtel Headquarters recently


The Group deconsolidated its operations in Ghana upon entering into a joint venture with Millicom International Cellular (which operates under the “Tigo” brand in Ghana) whereby Airtel and Millicom share equal ownership and governance rights in a combined “AirtelTigo” entity.

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The Group acquired the operations of Tigo Rwanda, a subsidiary of Millicom.

Airtel Africa Limited, the Group’s UK holding company, was incorporated and registered as a private company in England and Wales.

The Company completed an initial round of pre-IPO funding, raising US$1.25 billion.


Telkom Kenya Limited (“Telkom Kenya”), the third largest MNO in Kenya, announced its intention to transfer its mobile operations, enterprise, and carrier business to Airtel Kenya, the Group’s operating subsidiary in Kenya.

Airtel Africa is listed on the London and Nigerian stock exchanges.

Airtel Touching Lives

From left to right: Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya; Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Honorable Minster of Communication and Digital Economy Dr, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami during the Airtel Touching Lives Season 5 Premiere held in Lagos on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Two weeks ago, Airtel Africa was named among the top brands on the Continent by Brand Africa in its 10th anniversary rankings of Brand Africa 100.
[Part of this was sourced from Airtel Africa website]
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