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Vodacom Group to acquire a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt

The deal in Egypt marks Vodacom’s first extension into North Africa

South Africa’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Vodacom Group, revealed plans buy a $2.74 billion stake in Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications. The deal, which marks Vodacom’s first expansion into North Africa, will result in the telecom acquiring a 55% stake in the Egyptian operator.

According to Shameel Joosub, Vodacom’s chief executive, the purchase will “accelerate [Vodacom’s] medium-term operating profit growth into double digits” and will increase its population coverage to more than 500 million people.

In addition, because roughly 100 million people in Egypt remain unbanked, the extension into the country creates a significant opportunity for Vodacom in fintech and mobile money.

“We see a highly attractive opportunity […] to expand financial services, especially VodaPay and M-Pesa platforms into Egypt,” Joosub said. “We’ve been close to the asset for years in terms of being part of the Vodafone group.”

He added that an update on the company’s medium-term targets will be reported in May 2022.

As of March 2021, Vodacom had 123.7 million subscribers across Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

Vodafone Egypt is the largest mobile network operator in Egypt with 43% revenue market share and 43 million customers. This summer, the operator worked on a proof-of-concept trial for Open RAN solutions in partnership with Altiostar, Cisco, the Evenstar program and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

Telecom Egypt’s Managing Director and CEO, Adel Hamed stated at the time that, in addition to adding flexibility, Open RAN will also help reduce costs and “component-level efficiency” for operators.

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Catherine is the Managing Editor for RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights, where she covers topics such as Wi-Fi, network infrastructure and edge computing. She also hosts Arden Media's podcast Well, technically... After studying English and Film & Media Studies at The University of Rochester, she moved to Madison, WI. Having already lived on both coasts, she thought she’d give the middle a try. So far, she likes it very much.

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