Orange S.A. and GIZ partner to launch a digital centre in Ethiopia, 3rd in MEA region

ETHIOPIA – GIZ, a German development agency, Orange, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology  have partnered to launch the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Centre, an ecosystem that is entirely dedicated to digital skills and innovation. After launches in Tunisia and Senegal, Ethiopia will be home to the third Orange Digital Centre in Africa and the Middle East. Occupying a space of 500m2, it is the first centre in East Africa that will operate as a strategic network, allowing experiences and expertise to be shared between countries and offering a simple…

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Orange and NuRAN sign US$395m network-as-a-service deal for DRC

DRC – Canadian leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions NuRAN has signed a contract with Orange to build a network for it and other operators in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Under the deal, Québec-based NuRAN will build 2,000 new solar-powered towers over the next 40 months throughout DRC, serving up to 10 million people. “The social and environmental impact as well as our commitment to sustainable development embodies NuRAN’s mission and vision to connect the world, one connection at a time,” Francis Létourneau (pictured), CEO…

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Terra Mauricia and Kibo Fund consortium exit Orange Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – After ten years supporting Orange’s growth on the Malagasy market, a consortium of minority investors led by Terra Mauricia and Kibo Fund divested in January 2021 its 16% stake in Orange Madagascar. The earliest operator in the Malagasy telecom market, Orange has become a dominant player in voice and data services for both individuals and businesses, and a leading financial service provider with its subsidiary Orange Money Madagascar. From 2005 to 2010, the company became the market leader with more than 2 million subscribers and maintains a 60%…

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Orange partners Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to supply network access in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – Orange International Carriers, the wholesale arm of Orange Group, is partnering with Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to supply network access and content delivery services in West Africa using its Media Delivery Boost (MDB) solution. This deal introduces a new value proposition that facilitates TV and Over-The-Top (OTT) content delivery using the Orange CDN. As a new customer for Orange CDN, Côte Ouest Audiovisuel can now distribute its content to all its subscribers, replacing the satellite delivery that was previously used. It allows Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to offer a…

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Orange launches its venture capital arm as a separate legal entity, allocates it US$426m

AFRICA – International telco, Orange has launched its venture capital arm, Orange Ventures, which will now operate as a separate legal entity with an increased allocation of €350 million (US$426 million), empowering it to be more agile and competitive in seeking out and supporting the best start-up talent worldwide. “Our wish is to constitute an organisation which combines the best of both worlds: Orange’s business expertise as well as the agility of decision-making and the quality of the financial monitoring of the best investment funds,” Jérôme Berger, President and Managing…

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Orange partners with audio streamer Deezer for customers to have unlimited access to music

EGYPT – Orange Egypt, a provider of integrated telecommunications services, has announced an exclusive partnership with Deezer, a global audio streaming service for Orange customers in Egypt to have the opportunity to sign up for Deezer Premium with unlimited access to music and podcasts. With the new service Orange customers can easily subscribe and pay for Deezer using their own mobile phone packages of either prepaid or post-paid lines. “We seek through this cooperation, which is a strong addition to what we offer to our customers interested in music, to…

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Orange rolls out affordable 4G smartphones for Middle East and Africa

AFRICA – French multinational telecommunications company Orange has launched globally the latest device in its Sanza range, an exclusive series of smartphone and 4G Android devices as part of the line-up of activities for the GSMA Thrive Africa 2020. The Sanza touch launch is supported by Google and builds on the American tech company’s efforts since it rolled out Android (Go edition) two years ago to accelerate the pace of digital adoption across Africa. The new device will retail around $30, an affordable price point intended to make it the most accessible on the market, Orange said. The…

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Ethiopia receives 12 bids from major telecoms for two telco licences

ETHIOPIA – 12 major telecom operators have shown interest in two licences that the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) plans to award to multinational mobile companies, breaking the state monopoly. On its statement ECA said it has received complete information and expression of interest from the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (a consortium of telecom operators made of Vodafone, Vodacom, and Safaricom), Etisalat, Axian, MTN, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom SA, Liquid Telecom, Snail Mobile, and the two non-telecom operators, Kandu Global Telecommunications and Electromecha International Projects. The prospective bidders were given…

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UBA Liberia, Orange partner to bring digital finance to Liberians

LIBERIA – United Bank for Africa (UBA) Liberia Limited in partnership with Orange has launched the Mobile Money Push and Pull Service for customers of both entities. The service, known as Bank to Wallet will enable UBA customers to deposit or withdraw money from their accounts to their Orange Money Wallet and vice versa. The service will also allow customers to do bank account balance inquiry and check their last 5 bank transactions. UBA Managing Director Mr. Olalekan Balogun while speaking at the event expressed satisfaction with the partnership and…

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Orange opens new Middle East and Africa headquarters in Morocco, confirms desire to strengthen presence in Africa

MOROCCO – Orange, one of the largest mobile network operators in the world, has officially inaugurated the Orange Middle East and Africa operational head office in Morocco. The inauguration was done in the presence of Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange; Alioune Ndiaye, CEO Orange MEA; the members of Orange’s Executive Committee and local officials. The new headquarters is housed in one of Casablanca’s ultra-modern office blocks: the  Casablanca Finance City Tower. The Orange MEA head office features cutting edge technologies with video-conference and telepresence rooms enabling the teams…

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