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Airtel, Globacom and Others in hot Race to Acquire 9Mobile NG

Ever since Etisalat NG re-branded to 9Mobile, her debt saga reduced a bit. But it's more trouble for the fourth largest network operator in Nigeria, as there's a huge competition going on—within bidders—to acquire the brand.

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In the early stages of this year, Etisalat Nigeria debt crisis grew worse, after it defaulted on a $1.2 billion loan from a consortium of 13 Nigerian banks. The banks then stepped forward to take over the management of the telco, but NCC and CBN intervened promptly.

However, Etisalat Group, the parent company in Abu Dhabi backed out, leaving its Nigeria arm of business to fate, and giving them just 3 weeks to change the brand name. Then 9Mobile NG was adopted as the new name.

The scramble to aquire 9Mobile—with 18 million subscribers—has since then increased. Now, 10 bidders left out of 16 who initially submitted expression of interest have cruised to the next stage.

These 10 firms have passed the technical evaluation bid stage and have been pre-qualified to submit their financial bids for the acquisition, where the highest bidder will acquire the telco network.

List of The 10 bidders Set to Acquire 9mobile

  1. Abraaj Capital
  2. Africa Capital Alliance
  3. Airtel
  4. Alheri Engineering
  5. Carlyle Group
  6. Centricus Capital and Africell
  7. Globacom
  8. Helios Towers
  9. Smile Telecoms Holdings
  10. Teleology Holdings

Each of the above firms are required to submit a $150m bond in order to proceed. Which of them would you like to acquire 9mobile? Kindly share and drop a comment below.

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2 Responses to "Airtel, Globacom and Others in hot Race to Acquire 9Mobile NG"

  1. Giddy, can't you also buy 9mobile ng?

    1. Baba 😂
      Just give me the go-ahead .. I'lljoin MTN NG too 😂


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