Orange Madagascar plans massive coverage boost

Orange Madagascar plans massive coverage boost

Operator Orange Madagascar has announced plans to double its network coverage to reach about 90% of the island country’s 29 million people by the end of this year.

Agence Ecofin reports that CEO Frédéric Debord made the pledge during the presentation of a recently acquired comprehensive license acquired in December 2023 for €30 million (US$32.45 million).

The  comprehensive licence allows the operator to offer services on multiple platforms such as copper, radio, fibre or satellite. Further boosting its plans for the market, about a year ago Orange Madagascar signed a ten-year agreement with telecom infrastructure provider NuRAN Wireless to expand its network presence in rural areas with the deployment of 500 2G and 3G sites.

The company says investment into its infrastructure over the past two years means it has increased its technical site numbers by 60%, enhanced transmission capacities, and established a new backbone in the north.

The promised expansion of network coverage is expected to reach thousands of additional people and increase Orange Madagascar's market share.

There is certainly a lot of potential for growth. Agence Ecofin quotes statistics that suggest that 56.2% of the population lacks access to mobile telephony services and that internet penetration rate in the country stands at 19.7%.

Leading telecom companies in Madagascar, apart from Orange Madagascar, include Airtel Madagascar, Telma and BIP.

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