Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, Energy, TelecomOctober 16, 2018

CEC sheds fat
When we published “New Board Members at CEC? Interesting..“, we decoded the signal from the management team that they had brought on board an investments expert and a private equity specialists. When boards make decisions such as this one, it means that they are looking at improving the investment profile of the company. Many companies […]

Airtel Networks Plc, TelecomOctober 6, 2018

Airtel at Half Year 2018
In an industry that currently sees 76% market penetration, Airtel is proud to be one of the top 2 leading mobile communication providers in Zambia. With a customer base that now stands at 5.36 million, Airtel is seeing growth in market share on a year on year (YoY) basis. According to SENS announcement published on […]

Telecom, ZamtelOctober 6, 2018

ZAMTEL Counting Numbers
In a recent article attributed to Lusakatimes.com, Zamtel CEO Sydney Mupeta was quoted as saying “from 2016-2017, Zamtel recorded revenues of about K470 million to K670 million in 2017 that is above 50 % growth”. He was speaking during in an interview after the company commissioned two new communication towers in Ngabwe and Kapiri in […]

TelecomSeptember 24, 2018

Is MTN Zambia Reluctant to List on LuSE?
For some time, Financial Insight has been mulling at the prospects of an IPO (initial public offering) on the Lusaka Securities Exchange.  One name that often pops up is that of MTN Zambia. Aside from Airtel which is currently listed, MTN Zambia is the natural choice for a second mobile company IPO on LuSE. We […]

Strategy, TelecomAugust 16, 2018

Is the Zambian Telecoms Industry Suffering From Marketing Myopia?
Following the recent announcement of the introduction of a new tax that would be targeting voice calls made using Voice over IP services such as facebook and Whatsapp calling, we felt it prudent to view the industry through the lenses of Michael Porter and Theordore Levitt. Michael E Potter published the book and article “Competitive […]

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 […]