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Company Name

Yemen Co. for Mobile Telephony (Sabafon) CJSC

Ownership Type

Joint Venture

Ownership/Controlling Entity



Company Overview

Sabafon, in which Batelco Group has a minority shareholding, is a GSM operator in Yemen offering national coverage across the country. The company started its operations in 2001 with the vision to establish a strong, dynamic and flexible organization to serve and benefit the people of Yemen with the latest GSM technology and services. The company privately held, with the two largest investors being Sadiq al-Ahmar, and Batelco Group.

Despite operating in a challenging environment, Sabafon has been able to continue providing its customers with telecommunication services. The company operates standard 2G GSM services over the 900 MHz band, including GPRS/EDGE data.