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Partnership will deliver high-speed broadband access in Sudan for the first time

Barcelona, February 27, 2018; Today at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sudatel Telecom Group and leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build new FTTH networks across Sudan.

The MoU was signed by Eng. Tarig Hamza Zain Alabdeen, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, and Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom Group CEO, in the presence of Dr Abdul Rahman Dirar, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sudatel Telecom Group and Sudan’s State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Dr. Tahani Abdullah, Sudan’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Sam Nkusi, East Africa Chairman of Liquid Telecom, and David Eurin, Group Chief Strategy Officer of Liquid Telecom.

The partnership will increase the broadband capacity and speeds available to homes and businesses in Sudan, which are currently reliant on wireless networks to access the internet.

Leveraging Liquid Telecom’s extensive experience in deploying high-speed networks, Sudatel will build FTTH networks in Sudan designed to the highest network standards and using the latest technologies.

Comparable to similar networks deployed in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda by Liquid Telecom, the new FTTH networks will deliver speeds initially up to 100Mbps. This is expected to transform the way Sudanese businesses and consumers experience and use the internet.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, declared: "This partnership between Sudatel and Liquid Telecom paves the way to further expand the penetration of broadband services across Africa, transforming the way people live, learn and work.”

Tarig Hamza Zain El Abdein, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, said: “Our partnership with Liquid Telecom will enable us to provide a high-quality FTTH network which will help uplift people’s lives through our region’s economic development. We have a well-framed vision and mission and will continue to work hard to ensure that we maintain our position as one of the most reliable ICT providers in North Africa.”

By investing in Sudan’s telecoms infrastructure, Sudatel and Liquid Telecom will help raise the quality of network services in the country while also increasing competition in the local market.

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa, where it is delivering quality and affordable broadband to homes and businesses through its FTTH services.

Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, said: “Liquid Telecom has a proven track record of bringing world-class fibre networks to previously underserved regions of Africa. We are delighted to support Sudatel with its efforts to deliver leading FTTH services to more businesses and consumers in Sudan, which will help grow the country’s digital economy.”

JOHANNESBURG, 21 FEBRUARY 2018 - iflix, the world's leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media's pan-African media company, Kwesé, are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kwesé has acquired a significant stake in iflix Africa, which will now form part of Kwesé's diverse broadcast offering, as the core vehicle to deliver seamless mobile experiences to millions of viewers in Africa. Having set up operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, iflix offers users the region's most extensive collection of highly acclaimed local African and international series and movies, including first-to-market exclusive programming. This, in partnership with Kwesé's broadcast operations and footprint, will create an exceptional mobile offering for consumers on the continent.

Both companies have committed extensive resources with local and international expertise in mobile entertainment to serve Africa's diverse markets. Econet Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa remarked: "We are thrilled to deepen our operating partnership with iflix to lead the transformation of media in Africa. Our companies share a mutual passion for innovation, along with a deep understanding of the culture and evolution of digital businesses. Mobility in content consumption has grown exponentially in Africa and by partnering with iflix Africa we are ensuring that we are not only taking part in the evolution, but are leading the movement."

The partnership between iflix and Kwesé ensures the delivery of relevant and compelling content on the best possible platforms. iflix Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Britt said: "The strengthening of our relationship with the Econet Group is a huge milestone for iflix. Following the initial phase of building our business in Africa, we have seen tremendous growth across our operating markets, far exceeding our expectations. Econet's deep experience and success in media and telecoms, will be a huge advantage and enable us to continue to grow rapidly."

The deal cements Kwesé's commitment to deliver premium content through unrivalled TV programming, leading sports, up-to-the-minute news and the latest in entertainment. This coupled with iflix's vast collection of international and African SVOD content, will offer users an unparalleled viewing experience, tailored to meet the needs of Africa's diverse markets.

Kwesé is currently available in 13 countries with its ground-breaking pay-as-you-watch Pay-TV service, and has built the largest pan-African free-to-air broadcast network showcasing Kwesé Free Sport in over 25 countries. The operating partnership will see iflix drive Kwesé's go-to-market mobile delivery in each of its territories.

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programmes, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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