South Africa’s MTN says it will not lose revenue in Iran

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Since late 2006, Johannesburg-based mobile provider, MTN, has owned and operated 49 percent of MTN Irancell, one of the major mobile operators in Iran.

However, with recent turmoil in Iran, including limits and blockage of mobile service by the Iranian government in the wake of the recent elections, the South African newspaper The Times reported that the operator stood to lose one month’s worth of revenue given the recent outages.

According to the paper, that would be roughly €9 million.

MTN Irancell has over 16 million Iranian customers and covers 62 percent of the territory.

But today, a company spokesperson denied that MTN has been blocking service.

“MTN network is running in Iran and there is nothing wrong with it,” MTN Group spokeswoman Nozipho Januray-Bardill told Reuters.

No word yet on how MTN’s performance and stance with respect to Iran will affect its pending merger with Indian mobile giant Bharti.

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