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Eight Mobile Network Groups to Cooperate on Infrastructure Sharing

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Eight major mobile operator groups, serving over 550 million customers across Africa and the Middle East, plan to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives.

However, the statement, issued by the GSMA on their behalf lacks any details and appears to be just a general statement of principles as opposed to any concrete measures.

"Unique mobile subscriber penetration is only 40 per cent in Africa and the Middle East, lower than the global average of 47 per cent, so we need to work together to expand the reach of mobile." said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA in the statement.

The mobile networks named in the initiative are:

  • Bharti Airtel
  • Etisalat
  • MTN
  • Ooredoo
  • Orange
  • STC
  • Vodafone
  • Zain

They collectively manage 79 mobile network operations across 47 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where many of the unconnected population live in rural areas.

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