MTN Group is making progress towards separating the company’s fintech business and sell a portfolio of South African towers as Africa’s largest wireless carrier continues to slim down.
MTN Group on Wednesday posted a near 18% jump in first quarter revenue, led by double-digit growth in commercial operations across South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.
MTN’s South African subsidiary is flying. MTN Group reported on Wednesday that quarterly profit margins at the unit expanded significantly on the back of solid service revenue growth.
Ethiopia received bids for telecommunications licences from MTN Group and a consortium led by Vodafone Group, according to Brook Taye, an adviser in the finance ministry.
Rob Shuter, who resigned as CEO of MTN Group last year and who has since taken a senior role at the UK’s BT Group, was paid R73.8-million in his final eight months at the JSE-listed telecommunications firm.
Nigerian banks are only now starting to counter the emerging fintech firms riding the online wave spurred by the pandemic. They’re also deploying their political muscle with regulators.