Exclusive agreement for the sale of 100% of the shares of company Mauritano-Tunisienne des Télécommunications (Mattel) 

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Tunisie Telecom, BSA telecommunication and COMATEL announce the signing, on March 14, of an exclusive agreement with the company TELECEL Group for the sale of 100% of the shares of the company Mauritano-Tunisienne des Télécommunications (Mattel) Mattel is the first mobile operator in Mauritania to have launched the GSM service. Since its creation on May 11, 2000, the result of cooperation between Mauritanian and Tunisian economic operators, Mattel has always relied on the quality of its network, the professionalism of its staff, the leadership of its management team and proximity to its customers.

Mattel is a major player in the ICT sector and digital transformation in the country. As such, Mattel plays an essential role in the development of broadband in Mauritania through its 4G and fiber optic infrastructures deployed in the main cities of the country. Mattel holds nearly 33% market share and in 21 years of existence, Mattel has constantly modernized its network thanks to the latest generation of technical equipment and the know-how of its engineers. Mattel offers its services throughout the country with a network of more than 120 agencies spread throughout the national territory. Telecel is a mobile phone operator present in Africa since 1986. The group is now experiencing strong growth on the continent. It has completed four transactions since 2018. The company plans to invest more than $700 million over the next 3 years, mainly in mobile operator acquisitions, fiber optic infrastructure construction and infrastructure. Thanks to its activities, Telecel Global Services, Telecel Play and Africa Startup initiative Program has become a major player in the digital economy in Africa. Mattel Shareholders declared “After a competitive process, we are pleased to announce that Telecel Group has been selected for the sale transaction of Mattel's shares. We are satisfied with the interactions with the Telecel group, which has a solid industrial project, and remain confident for the rest of the process.

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Mattel Mauritania Mattel (Mauritania) is one of the 3 telecommunications operators in Mauritania, the other 2 being Mauritel , and Chinguitel . Mattel is also a subsidiary of Tunisia Telecom. Tunisia Telecom is the premier telecommunications operator in Tunisia, with more than 6 million subscribers. It (Tunisia Telecom) is currently owned 65% by the Tunisian state, and 35% by Dubai Holding (via TECOM-DIG). Mattel is the second largest of Mauritania's three telcos, claiming around 30% of the mobile market as of mid-2019.

Telecel Group Telecel is positioning itself as a market disrupter of the traditional model of services in Africa. Telecel Group operates in four different verticals all under the telecom industry : (1) Telecel Mobile, owns and operates several mobile operators in Africa and Europe; (2) Telecel Global Services, the B2B arm of the Group, provides wholesale , enterprise and digital security services to telecom operators and companies worldwide ; (3) Telecel Play, a digitized platform disrupting retail and the fintech ecosystem on the continent; and (4) Africa Startup Initiative Program, which targets innovative startups in Africa and offers them support and guidance. For more information, visit http://telecelgroup.com

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