Julie Ssali

Julie Ssali

Ms. Julie Ssali, a research analyst at IHS Markit, covers telecom operator strategies in Africa and the Middle East.

Julie’s key research areas include multiplay strategies, regulatory developments, new service rollouts and telco M&A activity.

Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2016, Julie worked in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) research and non-governmental development projects and communications across Africa and in the UK.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University, UK.


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Sub-Saharan Africa TV and Online Video 2017

The Sub-Saharan Africa TV and Online Video 2017 Market Monitor provides a fully updated, comprehensive, analytical and insightful description of the state of the pay TV and the online subscription video markets in the Sub-Saharan African region.

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Media & Advertising
Broadband Access in the Middle East: Network Deployment and Take-up Trends in the Gulf States

The Gulf region has seen a sharp rise in broadband access investments, IHS Markit analyses broadband access trends in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Mobile & Telecom
Airtel Africa makes its fifth market consolidation move by acquiring Tigo Rwanda

Airtel Africa confirmed that they have entered an agreement with Millicom to acquire Tigo Rwanda, marking their fifth market consolidation move in Africa since 2013. Whilst the details of the acquisition and approval from Rwanda’s Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) have not been finalised, Airtel has spoken about the potential changes that will take place in the Rwandese telecoms market. Airtel Rwanda has experienced some volatility in the Rwandan market as overall subscriptions shrunk by 6% between Q4 2016 – Q3 2017 ,this acquisition will consolidate Airtel Rwanda’s position to become the leading operator in the Rwandese mobile market which now serves 8 million subscribers between three mobile networks with 68% mobile penetration. • As of Q3 2017, market share by subscriptions was split between MTN (44%), Tigo (36%) and Airtel (20%). • Millicom and Bharti Airtel both have existing plans to consolidate their assets across Africa and recently completed a merger of their respective Ghanaian mobile networks in November 2017. • If the acquisition is approved by RURA, Airtel is set to become the largest mobile operator in Rwanda with a forecasted market share of 54-56% of the market once Tigo’s subscribers are absorbed into Airtel’s network.

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Mobile & Telecom
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