( AXIAN ) - A consortium led by Axian signed an agreement with Millicom regarding the sale of its shares in Tigo Tanzania and Zantel in Zanzibar. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
The Axian-led alliance brings together distinguished experts in mobile communications, who have created and developed industry-leading brands in the Indian Ocean, Africa. Axian Group is a recognized pan-African infrastructures and services champion with strong entrepreneurial values and culture. Axian focusses on long-term investments in Financial Services, Energy, Real Estate, Telecom and Innovation across Africa and the Indian Ocean. Axian Telecom is the Group’s telecom arm, with leading operations in Madagascar, Reunion and Mayotte island, Comoros, Senegal and Togo.
This Axian Consortium has an ambitious development project with significant investments over the next 5 years for Tanzania and Zanzibar. It intends to revolutionize the the telecommunications ecosystem by placing customers and their needs at the core of their business while at the same time strengthening the quality and scope of the network’s coverage and associated services.
In Tanzania and Zanzibar, the Axian Consortium has already determined four strategic priorities:
The Axian Consortium expertise is a major asset for the Alliance. The Consortium seeks to implement an efficient network with cutting-edge technologies throughout the territory, fostering positive impact and ambition in the region.
The Consortium intends to support economic growth through digital inclusion and open access to innovative services for the clients, reinforced by strong industrial synergies and by existing infrastructures. The Company has access to the NLD consortium network with over 3 200 km of backbone and over 600 km of metro fiber. The Company also has strategic ownership in the EASSy cable landing station in Dar Es Salaam.
Hassanein Hiridjee commented: “Thanks to this agreement with Millicom, Axian is starting a new chapter in Tanzania and in Zanzibar for the long term. We are convinced that the Axian model will accelerate the digital inclusion and open access to innovative services for the clients while supporting economic growth. We are very excited by this new challenge.”
Axian is a pan-African group that operates in 5 industries with high growth potential, namely real estate, telecoms, finance, energy and open innovation. Axian operates in 6 countries across mainland Africa and the Indian Ocean and acts in furtherance of social and economic growth in all markets where the group has a foothold. The group’s 5,000 dedicated employees ensure that its brands—all of which are dedicated to 5 crucial industries—have a sustainable, positive impact on the day-to-day lives of millions of Africans. The Axian Group is also a UN Global Compact signatory and is committed to making its ten principles an integral part of present and future group operations. See more on Axian : www.axian-group.com