Globacom eyes Aircom in planned Ivory Coast mobile market entry
Globacom Limited, Nigeria’s second national operator (SNO) has its eyes on Aircom, a GSM licensee in Cote d‘Ivoire in a bid to advance its plan to enter the country’s mobile telephony market. According to a report in Nigeria’s Technology Times, the Nigerian SNO may have opened talks with Aircom in a bid to enter the market anytime soon but details are still very hazy for now.
Officials of Globacom did not return calls by Technology Times to comment on indications emerging from Cote d’Ivoire that the SNO promoted by Nigerian billionaire, Mike Adenuga Jnr. is in discussions with Aircom on closing a deal to expand the company’s sub-regional tentacles into the country’s telecoms market.
Should Glo’s foray into Cote d’Ivoire succeed in sealing of a deal with Aircom, it would become the sixth operator in the market and it is hoped to significantly increase the over 7.4 million subscribers, based on 2008 market data, in the country boasting some 20 million people.
Under its liberalized telecoms market, Cote d’Ivoire currently has five mobile operators: Atlantique Telecom Cote d'Ivoire (Moov); Comium Ivory Coast Inc (KoZ), MTN Cote D’Ivoire S.A., Orange CI, Oricel and Warid Cote d’Ivoire SA with a mobile penetration of more than 40 per cent at the beginning of 2008. Aircom never became operational.