Oger Telecom will invest part of its $2.6 billion proceeds from the sale of a
stake to Saudi Telecom 7010.SE in South African fixedline operator Telkom (TKGJ.J:
Quote, Profile, Research), Oger Chief Executive Paul Doany told reporters.
Saudi Telecom Co, the largest Arab telecom firm by market value, said on Sunday
it had agreed to buy 35 percent of Oger in a move giving it access to markets
from Turkey to South Africa.
"As to Telkom South Africa, Oger Telecom submitted an offer which we believe to
be in the interest of both Telkom and our Cell C. We hope to see progress with
this soon," said Doany, also chairman of fixedline company Turk Telekom, an
Doany, speaking at a meeting with reporters on Monday evening, did not specify
the size of the offer.
Oger already has a majority stake in unlisted Cell C, South Africas
thirdbiggest mobile operator.
Oger Telecom, controlled by the family of late Lebanese prime minister Rafik
alHariri, also operates in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan, providing
fixedline, mobile and internet services.
Saudi Oger has been looking to sell shares in its telecom business for more than
a year. Oger Telecom announced a $1.25 billion initial public offering in 2006
but cancelled it on concerns about tumbling Gulf Arab markets.
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