Alieu Badara Conteh

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Alieu Badara Conteh is the Chairman and Director at Congolese Wireless Networks.

Conteh, created a mobile digital communications network in a country where none had existed.

In 1999, Conteh launched Congolese Wireless Network (CWN) with just 4 000 subscribers.

In 1999, fewer than 15 000 houses had land-based telephones, and no more than 10 000 people had analog mobile handsets.

In building his company, Conteh faced challenges unknown to most top executives.

Once, after equipment providers declined to send engineers to Congo during an unending civil war, Conteh encouraged a group of citizens in Kinshasa to collect scrap metal and weld it into a cell-phone tower.

In 2001, Conteh and Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile service provider, formed a joint venture in which Vodacom would hold 51% of the company.

By the middle of 2006, Vodacom Congo had more than 1.5 million subscribers.

According to Conteh, the company he founded has more than two million subscribers.

He claims that his Vodacom Congo shares valued at more than $1.5 billion.

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