Bashir Ali

Bashir Ali

Bashir Ali, a technology research analyst at IHS Markit, is responsible for coverage of telecom operator strategies in Africa and the Middle East.

His key areas of interest include operator multiplay bundled services strategies, regulatory developments, mobile money and telco M&A activity. Mr. Ali has produced in-depth strategy reports and is a contributor to custom consulting projects. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he worked in various consultancies that specialized in risk and the TMT sector. He previously worked as a Telecoms Analyst at Pyramid Research, analysing mobile, fixed broadband and OTT trends in MENA and African markets. Bashir Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Master of Science from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.

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Uganda’s government puts pressure on MTN to repatriate profits and list locally

In February 2019, MTN's Uganda unit faced unprecedented pressure from the government of Uganda. This pressure took the form of numerous MTN Uganda executives being abruptly deported from the country on the grounds that they posed a threat to Uganda's national security. However, in reality, these unilateral actions by Uganda's government was most likely driven by the Office of the President which has accused MTN Uganda of repatriating profits outside of Uganda without the state's permission. Another source of agitation from the government's side is MTN Uganda's constant delay in setting out a timeline of when the telco would list on Uganda's local bourse.

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Mobile & Telecom
Bharti Airtel consolidating its position in Kenya’s mobile market

On 15 January 2019, it was reported that Airtel Kenya is in talks to acquire British-based Helios Investment Partner’s 60% stake in Telkom Kenya. Airtel Kenya’s efforts to acquire Telkom Kenya has been driven by a shift in strategy from its parent company, Bharti Airtel in terms of its operations in African markets through its sub-unit, Airtel Africa Ltd. Bharti Airtel adopted a strategy of consolidation for its Africa operations, meaning it plans to strengthen its position as market leader or a strong number two in the 14 African markets Airtel has a presence in.

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Mobile & Telecom
MTN Nigeria in the firing line, again

In 2018, MTN's Nigeria unit has continued to fall foul of the Federal government of Nigeria with fines being levied against MTN by both the Attorney General's office and the Central Bank of Nigeria. On 4th September 2018, Nigeria’s Federal government via the Attorney General’s office demanded that MTN pay USD $2 billion in tax arrears on imported equipment and payments to suppliers dating back a decade. MTN Group instead responded by filing for an injunction at the High Court and pointing to its total payments of around $700 million, over this same 10-year period, to fully settle said tax arrears.

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Mobile & Telecom
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