Bashir Ali

Bashir Ali

Bashir Ali covers 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.

Bashir has produced in-depth strategy reports and is a contributor to custom consulting projects. Prior to joining the company, he worked in various consultancies that specialized in risk and the TMT sector. He previously worked as a Telecoms Analyst at Pyramid Research, analyzing mobile, fixed broadband, and OTT trends in MENA and African markets.

Bashir holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.


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Airtel Africa's growth continues offsetting losses of parent company

In late August 2019, Airtel Africa passed the 100 million subscribers mark in Africa for the first time. This milestone is impressive since its parent company, Bharti Airtel has been struggling in its core market of India. Bharti Airtel has spent billions to upgrade its LTE network and defend its market share against a hostile competitor, Reliance Jio. However, Airtel’s strategy of fending off Jio has failed as the latter has been able to gain market share by building an extensive 4G network coupled with extremely low entry level prices. For instance, in the last 2 years Bharti Airtel subscribers in India have declined from 381 million in 2017 to the current figure of 324 million. In contrast during the same 2-year period, Airtel Africa’s subsidiaries added 20 million subscribers. Indeed, Bharti Airtel is becoming increasingly dependent on the continued growth of its Africa operations.

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Mobile & Telecom
Mobile operator strategies in the Middle East & North Africa - 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region consists of various markets that are diverse in terms of income levels and market characteristics. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets are considered advanced in terms of income levels and higher mobile population penetration rates. GCC markets include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

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Media & Advertising
Ethiopia’s telecoms sector expected to liberalise

Ethiopia has the distinction of being one of Africa's few, remaining, major markets to liberalise its telecoms market. For instance, Ethio Telecom is the state-owned monopoly and the country's only mobile operator for a country with a population of 105 million. On 13th June 2019, Ethiopia's Federal parliament passed the Communication Regulatory Proclamation law. The law lays the legislative foundations for competition through the creation of an independent telecoms regulatory authority that will offer licenses to private and foreign companies.

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Mobile & Telecom
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