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Celtel Type Private Industry Telecommunications Founded 1998, changed its name to Celtel; 2004 Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands Key people Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Products G.S.M.-related products Website Celtel is a telecommunications company operating in several African countries and is a subsidiary of Zain Group, or "Zain" in short. It was founded by Sudanese-born Mo Ibrahim. Contents 1 History 2 One Network 3 See also 4 External links // History Celtel coverage in Africa. Dark blue countries are where the Celtel brand is not used. Originally known as "MSI Cellular Investments", the company began operating in 1998. In January 2004, the company name was changed to "Celtel International". In April 2005 the company was acquired by and became a subsidiary of the Mobile Telecommunications Company. Celtel now spans over 15 countries in Africa with over $750 million in investments. In 2010 the company was purchased by Bharti Airtel and will be rebranded as 'airtel'. It currently has 20 million subscribers -[1] One Network In September 2006 Celtel launched "One Network", the world's first borderless network across East Africa. One Network enables its subscribers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to roam free between these countries, thereby scrapping roaming charges, making calls at local rates, receiving incoming calls free of charge, and recharging with local top up cards [2]. In June 2007 Celtel's One Network was extended to Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Congo. The One Network will automatically activate upon crossing the geographical border into one of the six countries with no prior registration or sign-up fee. Celtel says it is moving towards a seamless network in all 15 African countries in which it operates. [3] In June 2007, Celtel International announced plans to add three more Celtel country networks to its "One Network". The additional countries are Malawi, Sudan (where it operates under the Mobitel brand), and Zambia. This further expansion would bring the coverage of One Network to nine of the 15 African countries in which Celtel operates. [4] On September 2007 Celtel's Parent Company MTC Group adopted a new name Zain (Arabic for ‘beautiful, good and wonderful) unifying it's different brands in 22 Countries. [5]. In Africa the Zain Group will continue to trade under the Celtel brand.[6]. On October 2007 Celtel International Acquired a 75% stake in Western Telesystems LTD (Westel) from the Ghanaian Government for $120 million US Dollars [7]. On 22 November 2007 Celtel doubled its One Network countries from 6 to 12 countries by adding Burkina Faso,Chad,Malawi,Niger,Nigeria and Sudan.[8].Celtel currently has 24 million subscribers in 14 countries of Africa Celtel will restart rebranding into Zain in April 2008 and will expand its ``One Network" across its 22 Operations by end of June 2008.[9] Celtel was purchased by Bharti Airtel in June 2010 and will be rebranded to 'airtel'. See also Mobile telephony in Africa Zain Celtel Africa Challenge External links Celtel's official website