Safaricom to hold a majority stake of 55.7% in new operating company in Ethiopia

Safaricom to hold a majority stake of 55.7% in new operating company in Ethiopia

Listed telco Safaricom has revealed that it will hold a majority stake of 55.7 percent in new operating company in Ethiopia.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndegwa made the announcement this afternoon during a media briefing aimed at sharing more details about the Ethiopian licence, which will run for 15 years.

Safaricom which is Kenya’s largest telecommunications company was awarded the telecommunications licence after a yearlong race for access to one of the world’s last telecoms frontiers.

In a statement on Monday, Safaricom along with its consortium partners, Vodafone, Vodacom, Britain’s CDC Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation termed the consortium as “an impact investment consortium that aspires to support Ethiopia’s digital transformation and positively enhance the lives of its citizens.”

The consortium, which submitted a financial bid of 91.8 billion shillings, has further said it will establish a new operating company in Ethiopia, which aims to start providing telecommunications services from 2022.

Following the award of the licence, Safaricom rallied on Monday gaining 5.7 percent to close at Ksh.  41. 75 as investors reacted to the news.

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Ken Aseka is a hands-on broadcast journalist with genuine interest, skills and competencies in news sourcing, packaging, and dissemination. As a seasoned journalist, Aseka has previously worked with leading media houses in Kenya as a news editor, writer and reporter. He is currently a news editor at Metropol TV.

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