Zain interested in SA licence

9 Jun 2008

Kuwait’s Zain Group has said it is eyeing a mobile licence which could become available in South Africa next year. The country already has three established operators – Vodacom, MTN and Cell-C – who were sharing almost 45.4 million subscribers at the end of March 2008. A report from Reuters cites Zain Africa’s CEO Chris Gabriel, who says: ‘We are interested in the South African market and we heard reports about a fourth mobile licence coming up.’ He adds: ‘If there is an opportunity we will definitely consider it.’ Last month, Khotso Khumalo, the chairman of the country’s parliamentary portfolio committee, told journalists at a media briefing that the government will license a fourth mobile operator and a third fixed line operator in 2009 though no further details have been revealed.

South Africa, Zain Group