MTN, a very successful South African wireless phone companies began in 1994 with the founding of the mobile phone company M-cell. In May 2008, the MTN in exclusive talks with Reliance Communications Ltd., the second largest mobile phone companies in India about possible business combinations, including a merger. The two companies had operated in different markets slightly different strengths. MTN i experienced in the development of new national markets and the efficient construction … Read more »

MTN, a very successful South African wireless phone companies began in 1994 with the founding of the mobile phone company M-cell. In May 2008, the MTN in exclusive talks with Reliance Communications Ltd., the second largest mobile phone companies in India about possible business combinations, including a merger. The two companies had operated in different markets slightly different strengths. MTN in the development of new national markets and the efficient development of infrastructure, while Reliance Communications was experiencing very poor customer service experienced in rural areas. Regardless of whether the two companies agreed to some kind of combination, had MTN deal with the challenges in operation and evaluate new opportunities in emerging markets. This case examines different aspects affect MTN analysis, with a focus on non-market factors such as taxation, government regulation and political barriers to financing.
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David P. Baron
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
7 pages.
Release Date: 20, October 2008. Prod #: P65-PDF-ENG
MTN Group Limited HBR case solution