Is the Golden Age of African Mobile Profitability Over?

The contribution of the telecoms sector to African development over the past fifteen years has been truly transformational. And yet, seldom have the fundamentals that have long underpinned its success been so much under threat.  

MTN Nigeria’s $5.2bn Fine: An Impact Analysis

On October 20, Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) fined mobile operator MTN $5.2bn for failure to disconnect inactive SIM cards. We say the NCC’s case is strong; the amount is preposterous, but this is about respect – and the impact of the fine will be far-reaching.