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About Us


Africell is a fast-growing mobile network operator in Africa. Africell works quickly to establish fast and reliable connectivity, accelerate innovation and support local communities. We offer our customers a mix of voice, messaging, data, mobile money and other integrated telecoms services. We have deep operational knowledge grounded in a successful track record of two decades working across Africa. We enjoy significant loyalty and reach in our core markets of The Gambia, Sierra Leone, DRC and Uganda. Our strategy is built around two core ideas: offering more products of a higher quality at better prices, and only working in those those markets where we truly believe we can make a positive difference Africell has developed a different and distinct way of doing business. We are agile, customer-focused, and transparent



Vision and Mission


Our vision

is to be a competitive and highly differentiated player in the African telecoms market, achieving growth as a result of selected transformational investments (e.g. Angola) and a strict focus on price, reliability and customer engagement

Our mission

To make a positive everyday difference to customers through the provision of affordable, accessible and good quality telecoms products and services – and thereby to create a wider social and economic benefit to the countries in which we operate



How We Work


Long-term commitment: Our ambition is to grow a stable, long-term business based on a deep understanding of the markets we operate in

People-focus: Africell has built a “brand for the people”, and we always seek to train, empower and unlock the potential of our workforce

Entrepreneurial spirit: Africell takes a nimble, flexible and innovative approach to establishing coverage, bringing new products to market, and earning customer trust

Strength and resilience: like the people and governments Africell works with, we have overcome various challenges to become market leader in the Gambia and Sierra Leone and a major player in Uganda and DRC

Community Empowerment: Africell helps drive economic growth development by investing in infrastructure and working with authorities to advance skills, technology and wellbeing in local communities

Integrity and transparency: Africell does what it says it is going to do and deals fairly, openly, transparently and ethically with all customers, partners, employees and other stakeholders.



Key Milestones


o 2001 – launch in Gambia

o 2005 – launch in Sierra Leone

o 2012 – launch in Democratic Republic of Congo

o 2014 – launch in Uganda

o 2021 – due to launch in Angola



Leadership


Ziad Dalloul – CEO, Chairman and Founder

Ziad Dalloul has spent more than 30 years setting up and managing telecom projects ranging from international communications companies to cellular operators and the building of fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure in the Middle East, the Gulf, Africa and Eastern Europe. He has an engineering degree from Boston University, USA and a Master of Science from Columbia University, USA.


Ian Paterson - Chief Investment Officer

Ian Paterson has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on telecommunications in Africa. Having started his career in investment banking, Mr. Paterson joined Africell in 2018 as Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for financing strategy and business development.


Jad Abi Fadel – Chief Operating Officer (acting)

Jad Abi Fadel has more than 16 years of experience in telecoms focusing on the Middle East and West Africa regions. Mr. Abi Fadel spent 10 years with the LibanCell group of companies. Mr. Abi Fadel joined Africell in 2009 as Revenue Assurance Director and was promoted to Finance Director in 2013 and then to Chief Analytics Officer in 2015.


Magase Mogale – Chief Legal Officer

Magase Mogale has over 12 years’ legal and investment experience. He started his career in South Africa, at Deneys Reitz Inc. (Norton Rose Fulbright) in 2008 and later moved to White & Case LLP in London. Mr. Magase joined Africell as Chief Legal Officer on 1 April 2020.


Younes Chabaan – Chief Technical Officer

Younes Chaaban has more than 20 years of experience with regional mobile operators (Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia). He was a Technical Director at MTN Cyprus before joining Africell in 2008.


News


Africell and Nokia to deploy a brand-new 5G-ready network in Angola



Deployment of Nokia’s radio, core and IP networks technology will provide high-speed voice and data services to Africell customers in Angola.

 

12 July 2021 – Luanda, Angola – Africell announced today that it will deploy Nokia network technologies in Angola. The deal between Africell and Nokia expands the footprint of both companies in Africa and signals Africell’s intent to offer a world-class mobile network in Angola, built using the best available equipment, when it launches services by the end of 2021. By partnering with Nokia, Africell will take advantage of the latest cloud technologies to achieve cost efficiency gains from shared infrastructure, as well as improved control and flexibility which enable highly differentiated products and services.

For the first phase of its new network in Angola, Africell will use Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites. The network will support 2G, 3G and 4G voice and data services and be “5G-ready” through a software update. In addition, Africell will deploy Nokia AirFrame data center solution to run cloud-based applications, microwave transmission network Wavence to support advanced packet networking, and NetAct network management system to enable consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management. Nokia’s IP routers for access, aggregation, backhaul and core completes the solution, providing scalable backhaul and fast, reliable service deployment.

As part of the network rollout, Nokia will also deploy cloud-native Cloud Packet Core, 3G Core, Voice Core, and Registers for the voice and data core network software, enabling Africell to achieve a high degree of flexibility for responding to changing customer demands by scaling the various network functions according to the traffic experienced. As part of the core network solution, Nokia Policy Controller provides scalability and flexibility, and performance for Africell’s diverse range of services. Africell will also benefit from Nokia’s services expertise for network planning, optimization, installation and care, to help launch the services faster and ensure the highest quality of service for Africell’s customers in Angola.

Younes Chaaban, Africell’s Chief Technical Officer, said: “Africell is a competitive and highly differentiated player in the African telecoms market. Our vision is to offer superior voice and data services in an expanding footprint across the continent. To achieve this, we need reliable partners whose network technologies and support services give us the best platform from which to serve our own customers. Nokia is the right partner for us in Angola and we are excited to work with them to build world-class mobile networks here and elsewhere.”

Rajiv Aggarwal, Head of CEWA Market Unit at Nokia, said: “Africell wants to ensure the best quality of services with high-performance network from the day one. And it wants to launch services for both individual subscribers and enterprise customers with an option to deploy 5G services in the future. We are excited to provide our multi-standard Single RAN radio technology, along with cloud-native core and IP technologies to achieve Africell’s goals.”



About Africell

Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021.

Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embraces fresh thinking and delivers innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.


 

About Nokia

We create technology that helps the world act together.

 

As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

 

Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.


Further resources

Webpage: AirScale Radio Access

Webpage: Nokia AirFrame Data Center solution

Webpage: Nokia IP networks portfolio

Webpage: Nokia 3G Core

Webpage: Nokia Voice Core

Webpage: Nokia Registers

Webpage: Nokia Policy Controller

Webpage: Nokia Cloud Packet Core

Webpage: Nokia 7210 Service Access Switch

Webpage: Nokia 7250 IXR R6

Webpage: Nokia 7750 SR-7 Service Router



Contact

media@africell.com


Africell celebrates 4 July



Africell celebrates 4 July


Marking of United States Independence Day in Africell’s operating markets reflects the company’s American heritage and its status as the only US-owned mobile network operator in Africa

4 July – Africell marked United States Independence Day with a series of patriotic ceremonies in its key operating markets. The annual ceremonies are a proud fixture of the Africell calendar and reinforce Africell’s status as the only US-owned mobile network operator in Africa.

On 4 July, Africell leaders and employees gathered at head offices in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo to celebrate 4 July and honor Africell’s American identity. Africell’s growth over the past two decades – beginning with its launch in The Gambia in 2001 and continuing with its anticipated launch in Angola in 2021 – testifies to the long-term confidence of US investors in Africa. Africell’s success provides a case study for effective business operations by US companies on the continent.

Africell’s heritage as an American firm is a key point of difference in the African telecoms sector. In May 2021, Africell amended and restated a $100 million investment from the US Government’s Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in a partnership reflecting the US government’s strategic goal to deepen US investment in strategic sectors in Africa. Africell is the first and only mobile communication operator in Africa and is the first to receive financing from DFC. Africell’s successful bid for the fourth universal electronic communications license in Angola has been attributed in part to the culture of innovation, efficiency and competitiveness engendered by the company’s US connections.

Commenting on the annual 4 July celebrations, Africell Group chairman and CEO Ziad Dalloul said: “Africell is proud to fly the flag for US investment in Africa. Our partners on the continent appreciate what this says about Africell in practice: good governance, transparent business activities, and a culture of consistent innovation. Africell also takes pride in representing the success and achievements of the communities we serve to an international audience. In our two decades of operations, Africell has contributed to greater understanding and collaboration between the US and Africa, and our tradition of celebrating 4 July every year exemplifies our dedication to this cause”.

 

Africell Celebrates 4th of July


About Africell

Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021.


Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embraces fresh thinking and delivers innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.


Contact: media@africell.com


Africell appoints CEO for new Angola operations



Africell appoints CEO for new Angola operations

 

Africell’s Angola business to be led by Christopher Lundh, a senior telecoms executive with a thirty-year career managing successful telecommunications operations in emerging markets.

 

21 June 2021 – Luanda, Angola – Africell Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Lundh as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africell Angola. Under Mr. Lundh’s leadership, Africell will deliver on its promise to transform the Angolan telecoms sector by providing affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile telecommunications services to millions of consumers.

Christopher Lundh joins Africell after five years as a Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Afghan Wireless. Previously, he held senior leadership roles at companies including Telecel Congo, Africa Online, and Gateway Communications. Mr. Lundh has extensive experience in the African telecoms sector, and during his career he has worked in over 15 countries and territories across the continent – including Kenya and South Africa most recently. Mr. Lundh is a US citizen, a native of Laguna Beach, California, and a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Speaking at a press conference in Luanda alongside Angola’s minister of telecommunications H.E. Manuel Homem and US Ambassador to Angola, H.E. Nina Maria Fite, and following an audience with the President of Angola, H.E. João Lourenço, Christopher Lundh said: “I am delighted to be joining Africell as the company prepares to launch mobile services in Angola. Africell has a track record of raising network standards, reducing prices, and introducing technology innovation across Africa. Angola is a country of extraordinary potential, and we believe that Africell can help unlock this potential by supporting the creativity and enterprise of the Angolan people with our mobile products and services. With a team of skilled local employees, I look forward to growing the Africell brand in Angola and earning the trust and affection of millions of Angolan consumers”.

In February 2021, Africell won an international public tender process for a universal electronic communications license in Angola in an historic move driven by the Angolan government’s desire to reform and accelerate Angola’s economy. Africell’s expansion into Angola is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Group, for the Angolan telecoms sector, and for Angolan consumers who stand to benefit from more competition and innovation.

Africell is a US-owned company. In May 2021, Africell amended and restated a $100 million investment from the US Government’s Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in a partnership reflecting the US government’s strategic goal to deepen US investment in Africa. Africell is the only US-owned mobile communication operator in Africa and is the first to receive financing from DFC.

Commenting on Mr. Lundh’s appointment, Africell Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ziad Dalloul, said: “Christopher Lundh’s appointment as CEO of Africell Angola is a major milestone for Africell. His knowledge and experience of running successful telecoms operations in Africa and beyond give him a unique appreciation of the opportunity Africell has to transform the Angolan telecoms sector. Christopher’s objective is to build on the success of Africell’s other operations in Africa and to focus at all times on affordability, reliability and innovation. Africell intends to hire thousands of local employees in the next five years, and we look forward to announcing further progress updates soon”.

Also present at the press conference were Angola’s Minister of Telecommunications, H.E. Manuel Homem, and Ambassador J. Peter Pham, non-executive director of Africell Group’s board and former US special envoy to the Sahel and Great Lakes regions of Africa.

 

About Africell

Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021.

Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embraces fresh thinking and delivers innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.

 

Contact: media@africell.com

Africell Angola CEO

Image: H.E. João Lourenço, the President of Angola, meets on 21 June 2021 with Africell Angola CEO Christopher Lundh, Africell Group CEO Ziad Dalloul, Africell Group non-executive director Ambassador J. Peter Pham, and US Ambassador to Angola H.E. Nina Maria Fite.


Africell appoints renowned Africa expert to Board of Directors



Africell appoints renowned Africa expert to Board of Directors

 

Ambassador J. Peter Pham, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former senior US State Department official, will help Africell capitalize on growth opportunities in Africa

 

London – 7 June 2021 – Africell has announced the appointment of Ambassador J. Peter Pham to the Group’s Board of Directors. The appointment boosts Africell’s expansion strategy and reinforces the company’s status as the leading US-owned mobile network operator in Africa.

 

Ambassador Pham is a recognized global authority on Africa. In addition to being a non-executive director of Africell Group, he is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, where prior to his recent government service he had been Director of the Africa Center and Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives. Between 2018 – 2021, Ambassador Pham was a senior diplomat and policymaker at the US Department of State. He served first as US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, encompassing Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya; and then as US Special Envoy for the Sahel with the personal rank of Ambassador, responsible for a region encompassing not only Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, but also the West African coastal states from Senegal to Cameroon. In these roles, Ambassador Pham was directly mandated by the US Secretary of State to coordinate and implement regional US policy on economic, political, and humanitarian issues.

 

In May 2019, Africell and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC, then known as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, OPIC) agreed a $100 million loan facility, in a partnership reflecting the US government’s strategic goal to deepen US investment in Africa and support US businesses operating in high-growth sectors of the African economy. Africell is the only US-owned mobile communications operator in Africa and is the first to receive financing from DFC.

 

Africell currently operates telecommunications networks in Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Uganda. In February 2021, Africell won an international public tender process to launch a new network in Angola. Angola is one of the biggest economies in sub-Saharan Africa with a population of over 30 million people, and the move to award Africell a universal electronic communications license was driven by the Angolan government’s desire to accelerate Angola’s economic performance and give consumers better access to world class mobile technologies and other value-added services. The terms of Africell’s investment from DFC were amended in May 2021 to bring the transformational Angola opportunity within its scope.

 

Africell’s Chairman and CEO Ziad Dalloul said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ambassador Pham to Africell. He is a top expert on Africa and brings a unique blend of experience from his eminent academic career and his position as an influential Africa-focused US policymaker. As the only US-owned mobile network operator in Africa, Africell is setting an example for what can be achieved by international investors on the continent if they have the right people, vision, strategy and attitude. Appointing Ambassador Pham to Africell’s board is testament to the scale of our ambitions, and we expect his impressive standing, expertise and network in Africa to help our business capitalize on the extraordinary growth opportunities emerging in Angola and our other markets.”

 

Ambassador J. Peter Pham said: “Africell operates at the forefront of the telecommunications sector in Africa. My experience serving in Africa tells me that it is a continent worth investing in – and I believe that developing its private sector is key to unlocking its enormous potential. Africell is an illuminating case study for how US and other international companies can achieve sustainable growth in Africa through bold investments and transparent business activities. I am pleased to be joining Africell Group’s board because it has proven that it is a company which has a positive long-term impact not only on its direct customers, but also on the wider communities and societies in which it works.”

 

About Africell

Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, DR Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021.

 

Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.

 

 

About J. Peter Pham

J. Peter Pham is a non-executive director on the Board of Africell Group, a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council (which he rejoined in March 2021), and a former United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region with the personal rank of Ambassador. Ambassador Pham had previously been Atlantic Council vice president for research and regional initiatives and director of the Council’s Africa Center. He is also currently a non-executive director of Rainbow Rare Earths Limited.

 

From 2018 to 2020, Ambassador Pham served as the United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa at the US Department of State with a mandate from the Secretary of State “for coordinating the implementation of U.S. policy on the cross-border security, political, and economic issues in the Great Lakes region, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic institutions and civil society, as well as the safe and voluntary return of the region’s refugees and internally displaced persons.”

 

In March 2020, he was appointed the first-ever US Special Envoy for the Sahel, a position created to assume “the lead in shaping, devising and coordinating U.S. strategy on the cross-border security, political, economic, assistance, and social issues arising in the Sahel as well as coordinating with both international partners and U.S. Government stakeholders to help return the Sahel to stability through programs to enhance security and support governance, political liberalization, social progress and economic development.”

 

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in 2011, Ambassador Pham was previously senior vice president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and editor of its bimonthly journal, American Foreign Policy Interests. He was also a tenured associate professor of justice studies, political science, and Africana studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he was director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He served on the Senior Advisory Group of the US Africa Command from 2008-2013.

 

From 2008 to 2017 he also served as vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), an academic organization which represents more than 1,300 scholars of Middle Eastern and African Studies at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States and overseas and was founding editor-in-chief of ASMEA’s peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

 

Ambassador Pham is the author of more than 300 essays and reviews and the author, editor, or translator of over a dozen books, including, most recently, Somalia: Fixing Africa’s Most Failed State (Tafelberg, 2013; coauthored with Greg Mills and David Kilcullen). Dr. Pham also contributes to a number of publications including The National Interest and Foreign Policy, and regularly appears as a commentator on broadcast and print media outlets including CBS, PBS, VOA, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, USA Today, Newsweek, US News & World Report, the Times of London, New Statesman, Maclean’s, Le Monde, and Le Temps.

 

A longtime staunch advocate of robust American engagement with Africa, Ambassador Pham served as member of the USAID-funded International Republican Institute (IRI) delegation monitoring the historic post-conflict national elections in Liberia in 2005. He also served on the IRI pre-election assessment (2006) and election observation delegations to Nigeria (2007, 2011) and Somaliland (2010). He is also a frequent guest lecturer on African affairs at the Foreign Service Institute, the US Army War College, the Joint Special Operations University, and other US government professional educational institutions.

 

In 2015, the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution elected Ambassador Pham to the Board of the National Museum of African Art and re-elected him to additional terms in 2018 and 2021. From 2016-2021, he also served as co-chair of the Board.

 

Ambassador Pham is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from African countries in recognition of contributions made over the course of his career to strengthening relations between the United States and Africa, including Commander of the National Order of Mali, Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso, Officer of the National Order of Merit of Niger, and Commander of the National Order of Merit of Gabon.


Africell successfully concludes major commercial loan facility



Commercial loan, provided by a syndicate of world-class international investors, gives Africell a strong platform for further expansion across Africa

 

London – 1 June 2021 – Africell has confirmed the successful closing of a major Group-level commercial loan facility. The move validates Africell’s long-term expansion strategy in Africa and gives the Group the financial strength required to maintain its growth across the continent.

 

The loan facility, worth US$105 million, is syndicated to a group of blue-chip international financial institutions. The syndicate consists of a mix of new and existing lenders to Africell, all distinguished by their experience and track record of investing successfully in emerging markets. The facility was structured and anchored by Gemcorp Capital, with Gramercy Funds Management LLC, TC Credit Partners LLC and funds advised by Helios Investment Partners also joining the syndicate.

 

The commercial loan facility complements other group-level financing for Africell. In May 2021, Africell amended and restated a $100 million investment from the US Government’s Development Finance Corporation (DFC) which was first signed in May 2019. Together, the commercial loan facility and the DFC facility support Africell’s growth plans across Africa, including refinancing existing facilities, financing its expansion in its current operating markets, and supporting its forthcoming launch in Angola.

 

Africell’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ziad Dalloul, said: “The commercial loan agreement represents a renewed long-term commitment between us and a group of outstanding strategic financing partners. The syndicate is composed of world-class financial institutions with an impressive history of investing in emerging markets. Some are existing lenders to Africell and others are backing us for the first time, which testifies to the investment opportunity Africell represents. The commercial loan facility gives Africell Group the flexibility and firepower we need to achieve our commercial objectives in Africa, and we are excited to continue to pursue growth both in our existing markets and in Angola.”

 

Atanas Bostandjiev, CEO of Gemcorp, said: “Gemcorp is pleased to have delivered this important financing for Africell at this pivotal moment in the company’s story. This is our third financing for Africell and will allow the company to continue to grow its existing operations and support its expansion into Angola. Supporting growth champions within the African telecoms space is core to our direct lending strategy and so we are delighted to serve as a financing partner for Africell together with the other members of the syndicate.”

 

In February 2021, Africell won an international public tender process for a universal electronic communications license in Angola in a historic move driven by the Angolan government’s desire to reform and accelerate Angola’s economy. Africell’s expansion into Angola is a transformational opportunity for the Group, for the Angolan telecoms sector, and for Angolan consumers who stand to benefit from more competition and innovation.

 

About Africell

Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, DR Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021.

 

Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.


Agência Internacional Financeira de Desenvolvimento norte-americana (DFC) renova e atualiza acordo de financiamento da AFRICELL apoiando a expansão em Angola



20 Maio 2021 – Londres, Reino Unido – O Grupo Africell confirmou hoje a reformulação do seu acordo de financiamento com a Agência Internacional Financeira de Desenvolvimento norte-americana (DFC). Desta forma, a Africell passa a ter acesso ao financiamento de terceiros para o lançamento da Africell em Angola, capacitando a operadora com a força financeira e a flexibilidade necessárias para executar a sua estratégia de crescimento em África. Em Fevereiro de 2021, a Africell obteve a quarta licença universal de operadora de telecomunicações em Angola, num processo liderado pelo governo Angolano para reformar e acelerar a economia nacional. A expansão da Africell em Angola é uma oportunidade de transformação para o Grupo, e para o sector das telecomunicações Angolano, como para os consumidores, que poderão beneficiar de uma maior concorrência e inovação. O lançamento da Africell em Angola está previsto até ao final do ano. Em Maio de 2019, a Africell e a Agência Internacional Financeira de Desenvolvimento norte-americana - DFC (então conhecida como Corporação de Investimento Privado no Exterior, ou OPIC), acordaram um empréstimo no valor de cem milhões de dolares, espelhando o objetivo estratégico de aprofundar o investimento norte-americano no continente Africano. A Africell é hoje a única operadora de telecomunicações em Africa financiada com o apoio da DFC. A reafirmação deste contrato de empréstimo com a Africell reflecte o apoio da DFC, e a estratégia a longo prazo da Africell, demonstrando o compromisso contínuo do governo dos Estados Unidos da América em investir e apoiar o desenvolvimento económico em África.

O CEO da Africell Ziad Dalloul, afirmou: “O nosso relacionamento de financiamento estratégico com a DFC capacita as nossas ambições de expandir a presenca da Africell, e os nossos produtos, no continente Africano. O acesso a capital internacional de referência representa um apoio crucial a nossa estratégia de crescimento. Continuaremos a trabalhar com a DFC para cumprir os nossos objetivos comerciais incluindo o lançamento de uma nova rede transformacional móvel em Angola, oferecendo aos consumidores novos e melhores produtos e serviços no mercado”.

“ O DFC orgulha-se de financiar as operações da Africell na Serra Leoa, Gambia, RDC e no Uganda, visando a melhoria da infraestrutura de telecomunicações, um componente crítico do desenvolvimento do mercado”, afirmou o vice-presidente para Assuntos Externos e Iniciativas de Igualdade de Género do DFC, Algene Sajery. “Congratulamos a Africell por expandir seu trabalho e a suas operações em todo continente, apoiando novas soluções para o desenvolvimento”.
Sobre a Africell
A operadora Africell fornece uma cobertura de rede móvel rapida, segura e de baixo custo, prestando serviços de tecnologia a mais de 12 milhões de assinantes em quatro países africanos (Sierra Leoa, Gambia, Republica Democrática do Congo e Uganda). Angola veio juntar-se as operacoes do grupo em 2021, representando o quinto pais com operacoes da Africell no continente Africano. Africell é um disruptor: desafiamos a ineficiencia, adotamos ideias novas e oferecemos produtos e serviços inovadores que podem fazer a diferença na vida dos nossos clientes. O Grupo Africell emprega mais de 1.000 pessoas em sete países. Com sede em Londres, no Reino Unido, o grupo conta com investidores norte-americanos. A Africell esta empenhada na transparencia das suas atividades com um impacto social positivo, posicionando-se como a rede móvel idela para o futuro de África. Para obter mais informações, visite https://www.Africell.com/
Sobre a DFC
A Agência Internacional Financeira de Desenvolvimento norte-americana (DFC) tem uma parceria com o setor privado para financiar soluções em desafios globais no mundo em desenvolvimento. A DFC investe em vários setores, incluindo energia e saúde, infraestrutura crítica e tecnologia. A DFC apoia o financiamento a pequenas empresas e mulheres empresárias, a fim de criar empregos em mercados emergentes. Os investimentos da DFC seguem padrões elevados de boas práticas e respeitam o meio ambiente, os direitos humanos e os direitos dos trabalhadores. Para obter mais informações visitehttps://www.dfc.gov/

Development Finance Corporation (DFC) updates Africell financing agreement to support Angola expansion



20 May 2021 – London, UK – Africell Group today confirmed the successful amendment and restatement of its financing agreement with the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The updated terms enable Africell to obtain necessary third-party financing for Africell’s forthcoming launch in Angola, which will give Africell the financial strength and flexibility needed to execute on its pan-African growth strategy.

In February 2021, Africell won a universal electronic communications license in Angola in a historic move driven by the Angolan government’s desire to reform and accelerate Angola’s economy. Africell’s expansion into Angola is a transformational opportunity for the Group, for the Angolan telecoms sector, and for Angolan consumers who stand to benefit from more competition and innovation. Africell’s launch in Angola is currently anticipated during 2021.

In May 2019, US-owned Africell and DFC (then known as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC) agreed a $100 million loan facility, in a partnership reflecting the US government’s strategic goal to deepen US investment in Africa. Africell is the only US-owned mobile communication operator in Africa and is the first to receive financing from DFC.

The successful amendment and restatement of the Africell-DFC loan agreement indicates DFC’s continued backing for Africell’s long-term strategy and demonstrates the US government’s ongoing commitment to investing in Africa.

Africell’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ziad Dalloul, said: “Our strategic financing relationship with the DFC offers a powerful boost to our ambitions to expand Africell’s footprint and product set. Access to quality international capital is a crucial enabler of our growth projects, so we look forward to continuing to work with DFC to fulfil our commercial objectives – including launching a brand-new mobile network in Angola which transforms the telecoms sector and gives consumers products and services which are better than any they have had access to before”.

“DFC was proud to finance Africell’s initial operations in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, DRC, and Uganda to improve telecommunications infrastructure, a critical part of development in emerging markets,” said DFC Vice President for External Affairs and Head of Global Gender Equity Initiatives Algene Sajery. “We congratulate Africell on expanding their critical work across the continent which will drive new solutions to development.”

About Africell Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, DR Congo and Uganda). We will launch operations in a fifth country (Angola) in 2021. Africell is a disruptor. We challenge inefficiency, embraces fresh thinking and delivers innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Africell employs over 1,000 people in seven countries. We have US ownership and are headquartered in London, UK. Africell’s positive social impact, entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities make us the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. For more information, visit www.africell.com = or connect with us on LinkedIn. About DFC U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is America’s development finance institution. DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today. We invest across sectors including energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and technology. DFC also provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs in order to create jobs in emerging markets. DFC investments adhere to high standards and respect the environment, human rights, and worker rights. For more information, visit .www.dfc.gov

Africell commits to affordable, accessible telecoms in Angola as it formally signs agreement for 4th Unified Global Telecommunications licence




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• Telecoms operator says network will be up and running by end of the year
• Africell investing in high-speed, high-quality network to drive innovation and development

3 February 2021 – Africell Group, the US-owned mobile network operator with more than 12 million customers in four African countries, today formally signed its agreement with the Angolan Ministry of Telecommunications, the Angolan Ministry of Finance, and INACOM (the Angolan telecoms regulator), for a licence to become the African nation’s fourth Global Telecommunications Operator.

The milestone paves the way for Africell to launch operations in Angola by the end of 2021, expanding its existing network beyond Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Africell will offer a range of affordable services to customers across the country, focusing on a high-quality, high-speed, data-centric mobile network and sophisticated smartphone handsets, all at affordable prices.

Ziad Dalloul, CEO and Chairman of Africell Group, said: “Angola is amongst the most attractive investment destinations in sub-Saharan Africa and an African leader, so we see this as the logical next step for Africell as we continue to grow our network and deepen our footprint across the continent.

“We are honoured that the government of Angola has put its faith in our business and everyone at Africell is committed to working with the Angolan government to transform the Angolan telecoms market through increased affordability and accessibility.

“A more competitive and transparent market will not only stimulate the telecoms sector as a result of greater innovation and efficiency, but it will also develop complementary sectors such as entertainment, financial services, other technology solutions – improving services, increasing access and creating jobs and opportunities for the Angolan people.”

Africell plans to invest several hundred million dollars in infrastructure and services over the first phase of its rollout, a significant portion of which will be subcontracted to local firms. Africell’s operations in Angola are expected to create approximately 6,500 jobs within 5 years. It will also generate significant indirect employment and boost Angola’s knowledge base through the supply chain and support services needed to operate a sophisticated communications and technology business at such scale.

Africell is committed to improving financial inclusion by introducing convenient and easy-to-use mobile financial services across its network in Angola. Africell’s mobile financial services will help drive economic development and serve communities that have historically been excluded.

President of the Board of Directors at INACOM, Eng. Pascoal Borges Alé Fernandes, said: “We are pleased that Africell has chosen Angola for its expansion and we hope to work towards the development of the market, thus creating conditions for service users to benefit from better quality services.”

Africell already provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to millions of individuals, communities and businesses in Africa. In 2019, the firm, which has US ownership and UK-based senior management, received a significant investment from the US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC, previously OPIC), one of the world’s highest quality institutions, to help drive its growth in markets such as Angola.


About Africell
Africell is an African mobile technology company. We provide fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to millions of individuals, communities and business in four vibrant African countries: Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and DR Congo. Africell is a disruptor: keen to challenge inefficiencies, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Our corporate social responsibility and positive community impact, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities, make Africell the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future.www.africell.com

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Afrimoney Expands as Operator



Africell puts mobile money at the heart of its growth strategy

• Increased investment sees rebranded AfriMoney moved on to new Comviva platform
• Customers to experience faster and even more secure service as well as increased vendor network
• ‘Mobile money is integral to our growth strategy’ – Africell CEO

7 September 2020 – Mobile money service AfriMoney was today relaunched on a new faster and more secure platform with a wider array of services as its operator, Africell, puts mobile money at the heart of its expansion plans in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and DRC.
The service, which has been fully rebranded after formerly being known as Africell Money, allows customers to send funds swiftly and securely to individuals and organizations on any network – and even those without phones – 24/7 using a unique code.
Africell has invested substantially in expanding the service, including migrating AfriMoney to the industry leading Comviva platform. As part of the expansion, Africell will be increasing the range of services available through AfriMoney, such as international remittance, PayGo services such as home solar, merchant payments, integrations with local banks and other bill payment providers. These services will be increasingly available due to the expanded agent network, and customers will be able to take advantage of exclusive offers on airtime, data and other services, only available through AfriMoney.

Mobile money continues to act as the primary driver of financial inclusion across the continent, offering affordable and inclusive financial services to the previously unbanked and directly contributing to seven of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Africell, which is committed to positive social impact within the communities it serves, is working closely with local and international NGOs to increase the scale and effectiveness of its services and is also disbursing humanitarian funds to the disadvantaged through AfriMoney.

Ziad Dalloul, CEO and Chairman of Africell Group, said: “Mobile money is integral to Africell’s growth strategy, which is why we will be rolling out our expanded AfriMoney service across Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and DRC over the next two months, and eventually into Angola. Our customers will be able to enjoy an extended, faster and more secure experience.

“The move is part of our commitment to supporting the development of our communities by investing in technology and services that help address key social and economic issues.”

Dalloul added: “Mobile money helps to create jobs and build skills, which is why it is one of the most effective and efficient ways of addressing financial inclusion in Africa.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for such services as governments, businesses and individuals look for swift, secure, and contactless ways of sending money and buying goods and services.”

According the GSMA, there were 50 million new mobile money accounts registered in sub-Saharan Africa last year, and it forecasts that account adoption across Sub-Saharan Africa will surpass the half billion mark by the end of 2020.

Andy Widmann, Head of AfriMoney at Africell Group, said “AfriMoney’s migration to Comviva is a first step in our commitment to expanding our mobile money offering and the further development of the fintech ecosystem in our markets.

“Through the launch of Comviva and the planned initiatives such as the release of a developer portal and sandbox, the adoption of the GSMA’s Mobile Money API’s, hosting developer bootcamps, and incubating local start-ups, AfriMoney will become a platform on which partners can easily integrate to offer new innovative products and services to the previously underserved, while fostering the development the local tech communities in our markets.”

About Africell
Africell is an African mobile technology company. We provide fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to millions of individuals, communities and business in four vibrant African countries: Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and DR Congo. Africell is a disruptor: keen to challenge inefficiencies, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. Our corporate social responsibility and positive community impact, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities, make Africell the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. www.africell.ug

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Africell, Orange donate Le2b to fight covid



Mobile networks Africell and Orange yesterday Wednesday made a massive donation of Le2 billion through Ministry of Information at Youyi Building to enhance the coronavirus fight especially in the provinces where the virus is increasing by the day. Making the donation, the CEO of Africell Shadi Gerjawi said they are very sorry for those that have lost their lives through Covid-19 and hope and pray that those that are presently taking treatment will get well soon.

“As one of the leading mobile networks in the country, we are very concerned since the outbreak of this virus and since then we have been supporting the government in order to control and win the fight. Because we are concerned, we have been donating medical supplies like PPEs, Sanitizers, facial masks, Boots and we even donated food supplies and using our network to send out messages that our subscribers are listening to protect themselves.” He said Africell is committed to Sierra Leone and they will do all in their power to help the government to end this virus that has changed the lives of people and have affected the economy greatly.

It is hoped that benefit would be realized from this donation especially for people in the provinces as the correct messaging will reach them so they will believe and follow the instructions given by the Ministry of Health. Shadi then presented the cheque of Le1 billion to the minister for onward transmission to NACOVERC as the fight continues in the country.

The CEO of Orange Aminata Kane said that when they met with the Information Minister on how they can increase their support to the Covid-19 fight, she said it was something that they were very pleased to do as they believe that their customers must be healthy to access their products and because of that they want to help bring peace and end Covid-19 in the country.

Madam Aminata Kane said they have been making series of donations to organizations, quarantine homes and communities. But they still want to do more so that the people’s perception of the virus will change so they want to invest more on sensitization, even though they have messaging in their system when calls are made.

“We want the entire population to take this virus very seriously and that can be achieved through sensitization. It is for that reason we are donating this Le1 billion as we agreed with Africell to make sure that more sensitization will be done in the provinces that will curb the spread.

The Orange CEO said the whole world is now affected by the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. “As an operator in Sierra Leone, we are doing everything we can to support our customers and colleagues, staying true to our Human Inside philosophy and purpose. We’re also working on the front line to ensure technology continues to benefit as many people as possible. Madam Aminata Kane said their commitment is to do their absolute best in this emergency situation to support the government in the fight.

Thanking the operators, the Minister of Information Mohamed Rahman Swarray said he is very heartened that these two giants have come together to make such a massive donation that he said will go a long way to breaking the transmission across the country. “We have been calling on them to help us and they always come onboard. This is not the first time and it won’t be the last as they are committed to rid Sierra Leone of this menace so that they will be able to work in a healthy environment.”

Minister Swarray said as they have made it clear that they are committed to working in a healthy environment, they the government are happy that they have proved beyond all reasonable doubt that they are part of Sierra Leone and they will not relent in their support. He thanked them and promised that the monies will definitely be used to increase sensitization especially in the provinces and said he is sure the President will be happy to receive such good news.

The deputy Minister of Information Mamadi Gobeh Kamara introduced them and said she was happy that the two giants in the mobile industry have come together talking in one voice as they have shown that they have passion for Sierra Leone and they have made it clear that they will continue to work in the country for foreseeable future.

Thanking them for their donation was the Chief of Staff at the NACOVERC Solomon Caulker who said they are gratified to see the two mobile companies coming together to make Le2 billion to the fight. He said even though they have been offering their services and giving other support they still some together to make such huge donation, that he said will go a long way to help in winning the virus fight in the coming weeks.


UNFPA Sierra Leone partners with Africell Sierra Leone on a Campaign to promote sexual and reproductive health information



Freetown, Sierra Leone, 23 April 2020
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sierra Leone on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, entered into a partnership with Africell (SL) Limited, through a Memorandum of Understanding to support UNFPA’s efforts to achieve three transformative results; zero unmet need for family planning, zero maternal deaths, zero gender based violence (GBV) and all harmful practices.
The UNFPA - Africell partnership is a campaign focused primarily on reaching women and girls with information to increase the demand for GBV, sexual and reproductive health services. The campaign is initially targeting at least 600,000 subscribers in Freetown with voice calls and text messages on COVID-19, maternal health, family planning and gender-based violence at no cost to subscribers.

UNFPA worked with government and UN partners in Sierra Leone to develop the message contents; customized them into accessible local language; and recorded voice messages. UNFPA and Africell SL jointly developed a strategy to target literate subscribers with SMS messages, and low literacy subscribers with the voice messages. Thus ensuring everyone could understand the messages. Dr. Kim Eva Dickson, UNFPA Country Representative, said she was delighted that the partnership has come to fruition. “UNFPA embraces innovative approaches to ensure that communities are reached with much needed sexual and reproductive health information and services. We particularly welcome this public private partnership with Africell SL during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is extremely important that women and girls are encouraged to continue to access free family planning and maternal health services, and we make all efforts to prevent gender based violence, as this pandemic rages.”

Mr. Shadi Gerjawi, CEO of Africell (SL) Limited, in his comments said "Africell is pleased to partner with UNFPA to roll out this impressive initiative which is designed to reach young people and women in Sierra Leone with vital information.” Africell, he said, places premium on the importance of a healthy nation, “therefore we believe that if the right information is constantly emphasised and communicated, it creates a paradigm shift in perception and behaviour."

About UNFPA
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, working in more than 150 countries and territories that are home to the vast majority of the world’s people. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

About Africell
Africell is an African mobile technology company. We provide fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related value-added technology services to millions of individuals, communities and business in four vibrant African countries. Africell is the market leading operator in Sierra Leone and The Gambia and is a vibrant challenger in The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Africell is a disruptor: keen to challenge inefficiencies, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to people every day. Our corporate social responsibility and positive community impact, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities, makes Africell the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future. www.africell.com

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Africell Group CEO Message Regarding COVID-19



Dear all,

As the COVID-19 situation develops, it is clear that the sub-Saharan African region will likely face similar public health challenges to those seen elsewhere. To deal with the crisis, African governments – including those with whom we partner – are implementing comprehensive responses which are likely to alter the daily lives of millions of people, including Africell employees and customers.
For many Africell employees, especially those in Sierra Leone, this is not the first time our lives have been impacted by a public health emergency. As we saw in 2014-16, we can overcome any challenge if we work together with discipline and coordination. Based on the experiences gained during the Ebola period, and considering the latest guidelines from the World Health Organisation, we are implementing numerous company-wide measures to protect the welfare of our employees and to ensure continued service at a time when reliable and high quality telecommunications have never been more essential.
I would like to explain some of the measures we are focusing on and to re-assure you that we are doing everything possible to prepare for all eventualities.
First and most important, health and well-being is the top priority. Across each country in which Africell operates, we have launched immediate policies which reflect international best practice, including:
• Enhanced hygiene and sanitation to ensure the cleanest possible working environment, especially in the areas of our business which must remain staffed at all times.

• Enforced limitations on the number of people within confined spaces, such as offices or shops, at a single time.

• A work-from-home policy applicable to many colleagues. We will continue to evaluate the operations and the use of technology to enhance our capabilities whilst a large number of us are working from home.

• Mandatory temperature tests for all visitors to our premises.

These policies are intended to safeguard our staff and customers - as well as their families, friends, neighbours and other community members - against exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Second, we are exploring broader practical changes to the way we conduct our operations which, we believe, will help keep our customers and our communities safe during the crisis. Amongst other strategies, we have:
• Dramatically increased our customer communication to focus on public health awareness messages to ensure they are as informed as possible.
• Supported our host governments to procure and distribute essential medical supplies.
• Established new distribution channels including door-to-door sales to allow continued access to telecommunications products for our customers.
• Significantly invested in the capacity of our networks to ensure continued quality in a period of rapidly increasing voice and data traffic.
• Embarked on a variety of promotional activities to support customers.

Our experience suggests that times like these demand a coordinated collective effort to ensure that we support our communities and partner governments to the maximum. It is vital that we maintain the discipline of our operating systems in this fast-changing environment. If anyone in the organisation has any suggestions as to how we can adapt, develop and improve our response then please contact your supervisors or any of the senior management. Your management teams are in close coordination with the relevant authorities and any suggestions or solutions are welcome.
Finally, I would like to remind you of the essential role companies like ours have to play in a time of crisis. In a period where entire communities are facing increased isolation, modern, advanced telecommunications services allow the continuation of social, educational, medical, commercial and other forms of interaction. We have a unique responsibility to continue to deliver critical services and information to our communities, both during the crisis and in the subsequent recovery. With the contribution of Africell, the communities we serve will come through this challenging period stronger and more resilient.
I want to finish by thanking you. Africell has never been better placed to deal with a crisis: we are better governed, better managed, better equipped and better funded than at any point in almost 20 years of operation. The character and resourcefulness of our people have always been the key to our success and will once again see us through this era of uncertainty.

Please look after yourselves and your families. And please stay safe.
Thank you,
Ziad Dalloul

Africell Holding Completes Strategic Group Reorganisation



- New London head office to provide strategic base for future operations and growth
- Group incorporated in Jersey, a recognised international financial centre
- Magase Mogale appointed as Chief Legal Officer, based in London
London, 13 March 2020 – Africell, the US-owned mobile network operator with more than 12 million customers in four African countries, is pleased to announce the completion of a significant group reorganisation.
The reorganisation involves the opening of a new London head office and the legal incorporation of Africell’s US-owned parent company in Jersey, a recognised international financial centre. The reorganisation is an important strategic step for Africell as it seeks to build on current operations and position itself for exciting opportunities in new markets.
Ziad Dalloul, founder and CEO of Africell, said: “The Group reorganisation is a significant moment for Africell. The changes enacted certify us as a company with bold growth plans, a thoroughly international perspective, and the highest standards of governance and compliance. Africell’s entrepreneurial culture drawn from Lebanon, where Africell was founded, still drives the business on, but our new London base gives a new platform from which we can deliver the next stage of our firm’s development”.
Ian Paterson, Chief Investment Officer of Africell, said: “Being headquartered in a dynamic hub like London and incorporated in a major international financial centre such as Jersey gives Africell superior access to investors and partners. It also improves the visibility - and achievability - of exciting new business opportunities, such as the fourth network license in Angola, for which Africell was recently invited to submit a proposal and which we are keen to pursue in partnership with the government of Angola”.
Africell provides fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to millions of individuals, communities and businesses in four vibrant African countries: Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda. In 2019 Africell executed a significant investment from the US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC, previously OPIC). The investment is a premium stamp of approval from one of the world’s highest quality institutions, proving the quality of Africell’s governance and strategy and giving the company the financial strength to deliver impactful growth in markets across Africa.
In addition to the completion of the group reorganisation, Africell is pleased to announce the appointment of Magase Mogale as the company’s Chief Legal Officer. Mogale, who will be based in London, previously served as Chief Legal Counsel for Lintel Capital, and will supervise Africell’s strict compliance standards and set policies designed to support the growth of the business in current and future markets.
Commenting on his appointment, Magase Mogale said: “Africell is a company with a strong track record, excellent growth prospects, clear social and economic development impact and an admirable culture. I look forward to contributing the company’s strategy and helping to maintain its exceedingly high standards of legal compliance and corporate governance”.
About Africell

Africell is an African mobile technology company with US ownership and UK-based management. Today, the company serves more than 12 million customers across its four markets.
Africell is a disruptor: keen to challenge inefficiencies, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to ordinary people.
Our corporate social responsibility and positive community impact, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities, make Africell the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future.

Africell Launches First 3G Smart Feature Phone to Run on KaiOS




Africell gatherings in New York city




On the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly Annual Meeting, a premier conference consisting of the most influential decision-makers from Africa and around the world, Africell hosted two events on the 26th and 27th of September for the Gambia and Sierra Leone in the Four Seasons hotel New York. On the 26th of September The Gambia gathering was headed by Her Excellency the Vice President of the Gambia Dr. Isatou Touray and on the 27th by His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the First Lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio . Both events gathered senior members of both countries governments and leading business and investment figures in New York City to celebrate both countries strengths as an overseas investment destination and to discuss opportunities for future partnership and growth.

Mr. Ziad Dalloul opened both events by welcoming all Excellences’ , honourable and distinguished guests . He expressed gratitude to the experience Africell have with the Gambia’s openness and hospitality to international investors. And how our business has benefited from the effects of prudent economic reforms, the availability of outstanding local employees, and a government taking concrete action to tackle corruption and improve accountability. He added, As a company, we are proud to work in partnership with the government and people of the Gambia to help propel the country’s economic development.

On the Sierra Leone event Mr. Dalloul cited how the Company and Since 2005, have benefitted from an increasingly diversified economy, talented and passionate local people, and a government taking practical steps to increase transparency . He added , as a committed partner to the government and people of Sierra Leone, Africell is adamant at moving forward and bring to Sierra Leone the most advanced state of the art technologies. Mr. Dalloul stated in both gatherings that Africell is proud to host events such as these which gather key decision-makers, position the Gambia and Sierra Leone in front of senior international stakeholders, and boost its reputation as an attractive destination for international investors representing diverse sectors.”

To add detail to the picture, Africell – Gambia’s and Sierra Leone leading mobile telecommunications company – gave insights into its own story as a major international investor in the Gambia and Sierra Leone . Ian Paterson, Africell’s Chief Investment Officer, Alieu Badara Mbye, CEO of Africell in the Gambia and Shadi Gerjawi, CEO of Africell Sierra Leone , identified six specific main factors behind Africell’s success: taking a long-term perspective; focusing on people; maintaining an entrepreneurial attitude; supporting community development; fostering resilience; and displaying integrity.

H.E Dr. Isatou Touray, Vice President of the Gambia, The President of Sierra Leone Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the First Lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio spoke to an audience containing as well as selected business leaders, international investors and representatives of various international governmental bodies. The Gambia and Sierra Leone were presented as a promising African economies and a model of progress achieved through diversification. Guests considered the pace of these countries growth and development, the emergence of new industries and vitality of traditional ones, and the Government’s drive to reduce corruption and enhance governance.

It was remarkable President Julius Maada Bio words when he thanked Africell for all the work done in Sierra Leone and stated that “Africell is a good corporate citizen which is way ahead on the CSR ladder. We want to make Sierra Leone the hub of science, technology and innovation and Africell has done an exceptional job helping us move towards this vision.

Africell Eyes More Markets in Africa




By Nicholas Bariyo
Africell Holding, the largest mobile-phone operator in Sierra Leone and Gambia, plans to expand operations into at least two other African markets as the company moves to firm up its presence across one of the world's fastest-growing telecom markets.

The company's Chief Executive Ziad Dalloul said in an interview in Kampala that Africell plans to expand into Angola and Zimbabwe. The company is eyeing aggressive expansion, after securing a $100 million loan from U.S. development financier the Overseas Private Investment Corp., in May, said Mr. Dalloul.

"We feel the deal with Overseas Private Investment Corp will push expansions and our customers will enjoy better services," Mr. Dalloul said.

Mr. Dalloul contends that the entry into Angola and Zimbabwe will offer further growth opportunities as more young Africans get online, amid improving economic growth prospects and increased smartphone penetration.

Africell boasts over 14 million customers in Sierra Leone, Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The company, founded in 2000 entered Uganda in 2014 after acquiring assets of French telecoms giant Orange's local unit in the country. According to Mr. Dalloul the company has since reduced losses at the unit by more than two thirds and expects the unit to return to profitability by 2020.

Africell to spend $100 million on mobile infrastructure, fintech in Africa




KAMPALA (Reuters) - African telecom firm Africell plans to spend part of a $100 million (£80.39 million) U.S. credit line on expanding its infrastructure and fintech services, its chief executive said on Friday.

The 18-year-old company, which has 15 million subscribers across its four African operations, secured the loan in May from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s private investment fund.

Africell founder and chief executive Ziad Dalloul told Reuters the money would help fund infrastructure investments for its operations in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia and Sierra Leone.

He also said it would help the firm expand fintech services, such as mobile payments, micro-insurance and micro-finance.

Mobile money payments, pioneered in Kenya, have expanded rapidly in other African nations where many people do not have bank accounts.

Dalloul said Africell would bid to become the fourth operator in Angola, which was expected to reissue a tender in the next two months after the original tender for the licence was annulled in April.

“We are looking only at markets where we can make a difference,” he said, saying this included Angola and Zimbabwe.

He said Angola was attractive because the country’s state-owned Angola Telecom had a large market share that could be vulnerable to a more aggressive private operator like Africell.

“Day one, we can just change the whole thing ... drop market prices, expand into rural areas, provide faster, better service on internet. These are the things we know how to do. So that’s why we are keeping an eye on Angola,” he said.

He said Africell had $300 million, separate from the OPIC credit line, to spend on a new market like Angola within the first year of commencing business if they secured a licence.

Africell Bags Award As Biggest Tax-Payer In The Gambia




The Gambia Revenue Authority has recognised and awarded top GSM company Africell as the biggest and best tax compliant business in the country for the year 2017.
This prestigious award was conferred on Africell at a ceremony presided over by vice president Ousainu Darbo at the Paradise Suites hotel. It was the 3rd edition staged by GRA to recognise companies who respected their tax obligations to standard. Africell’s award is recognition of the company’s judicious payment and general commitment for tax compliance for the year under review.

Ebrima Barry, head of human resources at Africell, who happily received the award on behalf of the company from the vice president, said the recognition symbolises the general commitment of Africell as the biggest taxpayer in the country promising that the company will not shy away from fulfilling its social corporate responsibilities and at the same time respect its tax obligations.

He said the most difficult thing for a business is to pay correct taxes. “So if we are recognised as the highest taxpayer we cannot ask for more”, Barry said.

Mr Hussein Diab, director of operations at Africell said the award solidifies without doubt Africell’s contribution to the economy of The Gambia as the largest operator with over 1.6 million subscribers.

The Commissioner General of GRA Yankuba Darboe commended Africell and encouraged other organisations to emulate their footsteps in fulfilling tax obligations towards the resuscitation of the Gambian economy.

Africell launched its operation in The Gambia in 2001 with a mission of making telecommunication accessible to every Gambian at the most affordable rates and has since then positioned itself as the largest operator and have been selected as the service provider of the year for the last six years. (Standard newspaper)

Opic Backs African Cellular Communications Company with $100M Loan




JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, and Africell Holdings Limited today signed a commitment letter for $100 million to expand access to telecommunications in Africa. The project is expected to have a highly developmental impact particularly in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo by expanding the availability and quality of affordable mobile telephone and internet services in these countries. OPIC Managing Director for Africa Worku Gachou and Africell Chief Investment Officer Ian Paterson signed the commitment.

Telecommunications are a critical part of development in emerging markets. This project seeks to promote better access to and higher usage of both mobile voice and broadband technologies in its markets by offering high-quality service at affordable rates.

“Africell‘s success to putting communities at the heart and soul of the company’s strategy and to management’s focus on operational efficiency to create value for its customers,” said Africell Founding CEO and Group Chairman Ziad Dalloul. “It is important to partner with investors who truly understand our business model, as well as our markets, to structure solutions that support our growth programs.”

“Telecommunications is now essential to a country's economic development and competitiveness,” said OPIC President and CEO Ray W. Washburne. “OPIC’s partnership with Africell highlights our goal of improving communication infrastructure across the continent by supporting our Connect Africa initiative. Better connectivity will remove barriers that restrict growth and commerce.”

Earlier this summer, OPIC launched Connect Africa, an initiative aimed at improving connectivity in Africa by investing $1 billion in physical infrastructure, technology, and value chains.

The transaction was led and arranged by Lintel Capital UK Advisors LLP, a London-based firm that specialises in sub-Saharan African investments.

Helios Investment Partners and Gemcorp Invest US$116 Million in Africell




Africa-focused private equity fund manager Helios Investment Partners and global investment firm Gemcorp Capital have reportedly invested US$116 million in The Gambia-based telecommunications company Africell via a syndicated loan. Africell, which operates mobile networks in The Gambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Sierra Leone, plans to use the funds to expand its 4G service offerings.

* HELIOS Investment Partners

Africell launches 4G LTE




Africell Gambia Launches LTE, Claims 68Mbps Speed
Posted by TeleGeography, 30 Jan 2018
Gambian mobile operator Africell – the country’s largest cellco by users – has announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE network services, joining rival QCell which introduced Gambia’s first LTE mobile service in May 2017. Africell has posted a series of promotional YouTube videos showing live LTE network speed tests with download/upload rates exceeding 68Mbps/20Mbps. Users are being offered a free 4G SIM card replacement for a promotional period.


Sierra Leone: Africell Offers High Speed 4G-LTE to Subscribers
Posted by allAfrica, 25 May 2018

Africell yesterday announced the introduction of various offer for it high speed 4G-LTE (fourth generation -long term evolution) MiFi for subscribers. On January 19, 2018, the company became the first mobile operator to launch the 4G-LTE technology in the country and since then, they have completed the roll out and optimisation of the service in the western area. According to the company's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura, the roll out of the service will continue progressively until the entire country is covered before the end of the year. He said the company is at the helm of the telecommunications sector in the country and that the offers were rolled out to reinforce their leadership in the telecom market. "Subscribers can now buy their 4G MiFi's, which are loaded with 5GB of data at a promotional cost of only Le250, 000," he said.

Africell signs financing deal with IFC, Deutsche Bank, PIC, and other international financial institutions.




* IFC Invests in Africell to Expand Telecommunications in Africa
* Deutsche Bank signs international syndicated loan facility with Africell Holdings Limited

"We want to attract the right investor."
Ziad Dalloul, Africell CEO




* Africell to close Orange Uganda buy in a month, turn business around in a year – CEO
* Africell Plans to Invest $150 Million to Upgrade Uganda Operations
* In Africa, a Telco Disruptor Looks for Gaps Amongs Giants

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Community


Africell aims to “do well” and “do good”. Our social purpose embodies Africell’s company’s values and culture. Africell’s core activities play a significant role in developing and improving the local communities in which we work. Every time we extend our network and increase the speed of our service, we create an immediate and tangible benefit to the local community. Better connectivity removes barriers that restrict growth and commerce, positively impacting sectors across the social and economic spectrum. Africell’s proactive corporate social responsibility activities fall into five categories:

  • Health Programs
  • Youth Programs
  • Special Occasion Programs
  • Empowerment Programs
  • African History Awareness and Landmarks Restoration Programs
  • Environmental


Health Programs


Africell actively promotes health awareness campaigns including: breast cancer, proper hygiene measures, and AIDS prevention:

- The Breast Cancer awareness campaign was done in conjunction with the Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation through the organization of an annual marathon.

- Africell sponsored clinics in rural remote areas promoting universal access to health facilities.

- We participated in the effort to fight infant malaria through the regular distribution of mosquito nets and supported the fight against the cholera outbreak in 2012. More recently, Africell has been supporting the fight against the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone through the launch of the “one Leone per minute” campaign, whereby Africell is contributing one Leone for every minute spoken on the network to a special fund dedicated to providing rice to Ebola-stricken areas. This campaign resulted in 50,000 kg of rice distributed so far and 50,000 kg to continue every month until the end of the outbreak.



Youth Digital Programs


Africell is intensely active with the youth segment through various sponsorship programs of music and sports events. Africell gives special attention to supporting the under 18 teams in various sports.

Some of our other sports sponsorships include:

- Women’s National Volleyball team

- Football amputees’ team and the

- National Squash tournament

We also contribute to youth music initiatives, helping nurture and launch the careers of many local musical talents of different musical genres.

Africell is very well positioned to promote local singers on both the national and regional levels thanks to its Afriradio FM radio stations. Our objective is to nurture the skills of local talents by providing them with all the support needed; from recording, to new album launch events, and promoting them via our radio stations.



Special Occasion Programs


Africell believes in celebrating special occasions with the local population. Whether Christmas, Adha, or Ramadan, Africell celebrates these festivities in distinctive ways appropriate to the ceremony. We regularly host annual parades and distribute gifts during such events, with the sole purpose of cultivating care-free moments of enjoyment.



Empowerment Programs


Africell launched a National Campaign in The Gambia and Sierra Leone promoting “Everyday Heroes”, emphasizing the ‘Life by Design’ concept wherein everyone can make a better future for themselves and their families.

The campaign featured people from all walks of life, ranging from accomplished artists and entrepreneurs to a manual stone crusher who was pictured working to provide his children with a good education and a brighter future.

Everyone can be a hero, and Africell’s heroes are the “Everyday Heroes”.

We have also launched two campaigns in The Gambia under the “Face of Africell” umbrella, dedicated to choosing young female role models. The winners received an Africell-funded education scholarship to study overseas. The first program winner studied in Morocco to become a mid-wife and another studied agriculture in the US.



African History Awareness and Landmarks Restoration ProgramsEmpowerment Programs


The Cotton Tree restoration project in Sierra Leone illustrates the perfect mix between restoring historical awareness as well as the landmark itself.

The aim was to highlight a living piece of history with a contemporary design.

The Cotton Tree in Freetown is over 300 years old and is extremely large, measuring more than 12 meters in diameter and 30 meters in height.

The Project restored the local roundabout using native materials, highlighting the majestic dimensions of the tree while framing it in a modern monumental context. An acclaimed architect led the two-year project which was inaugurated on 21 April 2011 by Sierra Leone’s President.

Additional projects included the renovation of the Sierra Leone National Post Office in 2010 and further works in 2013 to maintain the history and architecture of the building.



Democratic Republic of Congo


Africell is joint market leader in several DRC provinces, including Kinshasa, the country’s capital city and a global metropolis of almost 20 million people. Our network currently covers three key provinces in the DRC, with at least two new provinces due to be entered in 2021.

Africell launched services in DRC in 2012 and today has almost 4 million subscribers. As mobile penetration grows in DRC, we will grow too, and our commitment is to offering Congo residents the affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile services they need to achieve their aspirations.

Sierra Leone


Africell is the leading mobile company in Sierra Leone. With a broad network, reliable service and expanding customer base, we are a close partner to Sierra Leone on its journey of growth and development. Africell launched commercial operations in Sierra Leone in 2005.

Today, Africell’s network covers more than 92% of the population. Africell has been the market leader in Sierra Leone since 2009, with approximately 4 million active subscribers and an extensive portfolio of 3G, 4G and value-added mobile money services.

The Gambia


Africell is market leader in The Gambia, an emerging West Africa trade hub and with a growing reputation for regional telecoms excellence. Africell launched operations in in Gambia in 2001.

We have been the market leader since 2006 in terms of both subscriber numbers and territorial coverage. We offer our Gambian customers a mix of 2G, 3G, 4G and other value-added data services, and we are proud that our network covers almost 100% of Gambia’s population.

Uganda


Africell launched in Uganda in 2014 after it acquired the assets of Orange Uganda. Since 2014, we have doubled our Ugandan subscriber base and we now provide over a million customers across the country a sophisticated range of 3G, 4G and other mobile services. In 2019, Africell announced a strategic program called "New Chapter", the aim of which was to deepen community engagement across Uganda (in both urban and rural areas), as well as to cement the place of customer service at the heart of the company's Uganda brand identity.

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