Airtel Networks Plc, TelecomApril 3, 2018

Finance Leases and Astute Management the Difference for Airtel in 2017
Monica Musonda has every right to be a proud board chairperson of Airtel. Her opening statement in the 2017 annual report was indicative of a Telcom leader who not only believed in the technology they delivered at the epilogue of 2017 (the 4G LTE Network that led to the price war) but also has deep […]

Telecom, ZamtelMarch 25, 2018

UZI is here! Is Zamtel’s Doomsday Approaching?
In 2009 when a novice announcement of a 75% private partner sell of Zamtel was made by then Rupiah Banda government, the general populous grew squeamish. The same sentiments have been expressed upon the announcement of a 4th mobile phone company. Recently, Angola’s Unitel (Uzi) were officially announced as the e fourth mobile player in […]

TelecomMarch 22, 2018

The biggest Loser in the Zambian Mobile Wars
When the announcement came in from ZICTA that the fourth mobile license was awarded to Unitel International Holdings BV, we pictured two contrasting moments. On one hand, we pictured Isabel Dos Santos (the daughter of Angola’s former president) having something to smile about following her part owned (25% stake) telcom company winning the license, while […]

Telecom, ZamtelDecember 27, 2017

Saving Zamtel through Private Equity: Sink or Swim
According to the Mckinsey Annual Report for 2016, on private market, there was a huge capital flow into the private equity market space of 625bn dollars into various firms globally, and assets under management also grew to 4.7trillion dollars. Subsequently the number of firms is at an all-time high and the amount of dry powder […]

Airtel Networks Plc, Telecom, ZamtelDecember 18, 2017

Zambians Skim they are feeling “Lakka”: Mobile Price Wars
The last couple of weeks have been rather exciting on the commercial scene. A few weeks ago, the identity of Bank Here was revealed (ZANACO). Last week, Airtel unveiled 4G to the mobile internet market. One would have thought that the only mobile telecommunications company listed on LuSE would end there. No, they didn’t. The […]

Telecom, ZamtelNovember 22, 2017

Zamtel’s US$300 million investment dubbed to double numbers by 2020
State-owned Telecoms Company, Zamtel, disclosed on 14th November 2017 that it intends to invest $300 million over the next three years to improve its network coverage. Few will remember that Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Brian Mushimba, had made the announcement earlier the year regarding the multiple phased project. However, this reboot announcement comes at […]

Airtel Networks Plc, TelecomOctober 8, 2017

Airtel at Half Year 2017
The “smartphone network” recently published its half year results for the period January to June 2017. According to the summary of their profit and loss statement published on SENS announcement dated 2 October 2017, the network’s revenue at half year was 5.79% lower than the previous year. Gross profit was marginally lower at 0.32% with […]

TelecomSeptember 27, 2017

Echos of a fourth Mobile Telco Player in Zambia
Back in April 2017, we heard from the Minister of Transport and Communications Hon. Brian Mushimba that cabinet had approved a new licensing framework in the telecoms industry. The new licensing framework was formulated in partnership with ZICTA for the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and telecommunication industry in Zambia. This means that Zambia could potentially […]

Airtel Networks Plc, TelecomApril 13, 2017

Airtel – Zikomo Kwa Million in 2016
Airtel Zambia ushered in 4 brand new board members in 2016. The new look board is now headed by Ms. Monica Musonda (of the Java Foods fame) who now joins an elite group of women in Zambia heading the boards of some of the finest premier companies. Charity Lumpa of ZANACO now has a beautiful […]

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, Energy, TelecomApril 6, 2017

Many Faces of Premier Companies – How To Not Be Myopic
In his famous Harvard Business Review article, Theodore Levitt told stories of how the US railway industry forgot what business they were in and were fast overtaken but road and air transportation. We have been reviewing some of the behaviors of certain premier companies and it’s clear to us that some of them chose to […]