News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1032 on 17 July 2020

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Fighting to find a way of delivering platform services – How can African MNOs and OTTs find a way to succeed in a data future?

17 July 2020

As voice and data prices in Africa continue to come down, its mobile operators have some quite difficult strategic business choices. Some have chosen to diversify their businesses and others are seeking to build platforms – like MTN’s Ayoba – to compete with the international OTT operators. Russell Southwood looks at how to make sense of these changes and whether Jio’s business model in India provides pointers to the future. Right from the beginning Africa’s mobile operators were faced with some pretty stark questions about what business they were in. Those running MTN Nigeria in the early days ran electrical…