Vodafone to sell stake in Ghana’s business to Telecel

Telecommunication firm, Vodafone Plc, has agreed to sell its Ghana’s business to Telecel Group as part of the British telecommunications giant to refocus on key markets.

According to Bloomberg, the London-listed company will sell its majority stake in Vodafone Ghana to Africa-focused Telecel, subject to certain conditions.

Vodafone entered Ghana in 2008 when it acquired 70 per cent stake of Ghana Telecommunications Company for $900 million.

Telecel plans to help fund the acquisition by later offloading the Ghana business’ mobile towers, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information.

A representative for Telecel confirmed the talks with Vodafone, but declined to comment further.

Nick Read, Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer, has been focusing the group on Europe and Africa as he streamlines a sprawling operation that once extended from its Newbury, England headquarters all the way to New Zealand.

In Africa, Vodafone has been steadily consolidating interests under its sub-Saharan subsidiary Vodacom Group Ltd., of which it owns 60.5 per cent.

Vodafone explored a sale of its Ghanaian business to Vodacom in early 2021 and, while that deal did not materialise, transfered a 55 per cent holding in its Egyptian operations to the group later in the year.

Founded in 1986, Telecel operates in more than 30 countries and employs over 700 staff, according to its website.

The company has a history of growth through acquisitions, having struck deals in Gibraltar, Liberia and Mauritania in recent years.

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