Vodafone has completed a deal which will raise its stake in South African mobile phone firm, Vodacom, to 50%.
Africa is one of Vodafone's key growth markets
UK-based Vodafone secured the move by paying 214m rand ($32m; £18m) for a controlling share of fellow Vodacom shareholder, investment firm Venfin.
Venfin has a 15% stake in Vodacom which now adds to Vodafone's existing 35%.
The other 50% of Vodacom, which has 14 million customers in South Africa and is growing in other African markets, is held by state-owned firm Telkom.
Vodafone regards Africa and south east Asia as its key growth markets.
Last month Vodafone agreed to buy a 10% stake in Indian firm Bharti Tele-Ventures for £841m.
Vodacom saw its customer base grow by almost 40% in the last financial year, while its revenues rose 20%.
Its services are currently available to more than 55% of South Africa's 47 million population.
The company also has three million customers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Lesotho and Mozambique.