As we all know Singapore Telecom had been working to get a slice of Warid Telecom. The deal has gone through and it is valued at US$758 million, which gives them a 30 percent stake in Pakistan’s third largest mobile phone operator, Warid Telecom (see its market share). This is a great win-win deal in my opinion. As I wrote before Warid wanted to keep control but partner with a leading company and it has succeeded. Simple back-of-the-envelope calcualtions show that SingTel paid a very decent price, unlike the Etisalat case a few years ago in which they paid over $1200 per subscriber. My hope is that Singapore Telecom will bring in some of their discipline, attention to detail and care for customers to Warid in Pakistan. We really need that, more than anything else.
Here’s the official stuff:
In a statement, SingTel said the investment was part of a strategy to support Warid Telecom’s continued growth and to enhance its market position.
Warid Telecom is part of the Abu Dhabi Group.
According to earlier media reports, the Abu Dhabi Group will still hold the remaining 70 percent stake in Warid Telecom.
Pakistan’s telecom sector has attracted US$9 billion in foreign investment in the last three years.