Zain earmarks USD200m for network investment; 4G licence still pending

3 Aug 2015

Zain Sudan, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to invest around USD200 million to expand and develop its wireless infrastructure in 2015 and 2016, Reuters cites the firm’s chief executive Elfatih Erwa as saying. He added that Zain has completed the rollout of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the capital Khartoum, but is still waiting for government permission to launch the technology on a commercial basis. Without providing further details, Erwa also said that Zain was still interested in purchasing a stake in Sudanese fixed line operator Canar Telecommunication Company (Canar), in which UAE-based Etisalat owns a 90% stake. Zain Sudan reported a total of 11.60 million mobile customers at the end of March 2015, giving it a market share of 42.0%, compared to South African-owned MTN Sudan with more than 8.59 million users (31.1%) and Sudatel with 7.40 million (26.8%).

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