Cellular Operators in Africa

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Country Standard Startup Operator Notes
Algeria NMT-900 12/89 Algerian PTT
Algeria GSM900 2/99 Algerian PTT
Angola CDMA800 2001  Unitel Operated by Portugal Telecom, with local partners
Angola AMPS-800 2/94 Angola Telecom Luanda, then nationwide
Botswana GSM900 6/1998 Vista cellular (consortium of France Telecom & local partners)
Benin GSM900 5/00 Libercom
Benin GSM900 6/00 BeninCell
Benin GSM900 6/00 Telecell
Botswana GSM900 5/98 Vista Wireless
Botswana GSM900 6/1998 Mascom Wireless
Burkina Faso GSM900 1/01 MSI
Burkina Faso GSM900 12/96 Telecel
Burkina Faso GSM900 12/96 Onatel
Burundi AMPS800 9/93 Telecel-Burundi
Cameroon GSM900 1994 Camtel/MTN
Cameroon GSM 900 1999 Societe Camerounaise de Mobiles (SCM).
Cape Verde GSM 900 1998 Cabo Verde Telecom
Central African Republic GSM900 4/99 Telecel
Central African Republic GSM900 4/99 CATP
Central African Republic AMPS800 1995 TELECEL-CAR Bangui
Congo GSM900 1/99 Congolese Wireless
Congo (DR) GSM900 Congolaise Wireless
Cote d'Ivoire GSM900 03/96 Comstar
Cote d'Ivoire GSM900

10/96

Loteny Telecom
Cote d'Ivoire GSM900 8/96 Societe Ivoirenne de Mobiles
Djibouti AMPS 1997 Djibouti Telecom
Egypt GSM900 ClickGsm Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria,Aswan
Egypt MATS 5/87 Arab Republic of Egypt Nat'l Telecom. Org.
Egypt GSM900 12/98 Mirsfone
Egypt GSM900 10/96 MobiNil
Equatorial Guinea GSM900 4/00 GETSA
Ethiopia GSM900 07/98 Ethiopian Telecoms Auth
Gabon AMPS 1986 OPT
Gabon GSM900 6/00 Celtel
gabon GSM900 3/87 OPT
Gabon GSM900 3/99 Libertis
Gambia, The TACS 1994 Gamtel
Ghana AMPS 1/94 CelTel Ghana nationwide
Ghana GSM900 6/96 ScanCom Ltd.
Ghana GSM900 1996 Francis Walker Ghana Ltd.
Ghana TACS 5/92 Millicom Ghana
Kenya ETACS 1993 Kenya Posts & Telecoms Co.
Kenya GSM900 1998 Safaricom
Kenya GSM900 4/96 Kencell
Lesotho GSM900 12/95 Vodacom Lesotho Pty. Maserv
Liberia GSM900 3/99
Libya GSM 5/95 ORBIT
Madagascar AMPS 7/25/94 TELECEL-Madagascar Antananarivo & other cities
Madagascar GSM900 05/97 Sacel Madagascar S.A. all
Madagascar GSM900 11/97 Madacom all
Madagascar GSM900 03/98 SMM
Malawi GSM900 6/99 Callpoint
Malawi GSM900 7/96 Celtel Blantyre/Limbe & Lilongwe
Mali AMPS 1/98 SOTELMA ----
Mauritius ETACS 6/89 Emtel/Currimjee Jeewanjee Millicom
Mauritius GSM900 10/99 Emtel
Mauritius GSM900 1/96 Cellplus Mobile Comms
Morocco GSM900 4/94 Itissalat Al-Maghrib S.A Rabat, Casablanca
Morocco NMT-450 1989 Office National des Postes et Telecom. main cities and roads
Morocco GSM 900 1999 Medi Telecom 
Mozambique GSM900 6/97 Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) Maputo, Matola and "Maputo Corridor"
Mozambique GSM1800 8/98 Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM)
Namibia GSM 4/27/95 Mobile Telecommunications Co. Ltd. Windhoek/Rehobeth area
Nigeria GSM 1995 EMIS Nigeria Lagos
Nigeria GSM900 7/99 Abuja, Port Harcourt, Aba, Onitsha
Nigeria ETACS
(800)
11/92 Mobile Telecom Services
Nigeria GSM 1995 International Wireless Inc./Comstar Lagos, Abuja
Reunion GSM 9/95 Societe Francaise du Radiotelephon
Rwanda GSM900 7/98 RwandaCell
Senegal GSM900 07/96 SONATEL nationwide
Senegal RC2000 4/92 SONATEL 83km radius of Dakar
Seychelles GSM 11/95 Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) Ltd.
South Africa GSM900 6/1/94 Vodacom nationwide
South Africa GSM900 6/1/94 Mobile Telephone Networks nationwide
South Africa GSM900/1800 18/11/01 Cell-C nationwide
Sudan GSM900 01/97 Daewoo & Sudatel Khartoum & Port Sudan
Sudan GSM900 1998 Mobitel
Swaziland GSM900 7/1998 MTN nationwide
Tanzania GSM900 12/95 Tritel Dar es Salaam & other cities
Tanzania GSM900 7/99 Vodacom Tanzania
Tanzania GSM900 2001  Celtel Tanzania Part of MSI group and Tanzania Telecom.
Tanzania GSM900 1998 Zanzibar Telecom Zanzibar
Tanzania TACS 10/94 MIC Tanzania Ltd. Dar es Salaam & other cities
Tunisia GSM900 end-96 Ministry of Communications Tunis
Tunisia GSM900 03/98 Tunisie Telecom
Tunisia NMT-450 4/85 Ministry of Communications 60% territory @ mid-95
Uganda GSM 900 2001 Telecel Uganda Operated by Orascom+Ugandan Telecoms
Uganda GSM 5/95 Clovergem Celtel Ltd. Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja
Uganda GSM 7/98 MTN & partner
Zaire AMPS 1994 Express Communications
Zaire TACS end-94 Trans Global Telecom Kinshasa
Zaire NAMPS 1986 TELECEL-Zaire
Zambia AMPS 1995 Zamtel Lusaka only
Zambia CDMA late 96 Telecel-Zambia Lusaka
Zambia GSM900 unknown Zamtel and partner
Zimbabwe GSM900 3/97 Telecel Zimbabwe (PVT) Ltd Harare & Bulawyo
Zimbabwe GSM900 1/97 NetOne Harare & Bulawyo
Zimbabwe GSM900 3/97 Econet Local