News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1050 on 16 April 2021

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Capital pressures forcing African mobile operators to unlock the value of their assets- Translation: selling stuff off

16 April 2021

Maturing growth and the particular demands of the mobile data market should make MNOs to think harder about what it means to be a mobile operator. Russell Southwood looks at the strategic choices they face in the light of two recent mobile money announcements. A few years ago I used to write a lot about the key strategic choices facing mobile operators: either they concentrated on the voice and data connectivity platforms or they took on being a number of things – media, content, finance, e-commerce, etc – and sought to realize value on top of the platforms they operated.…