Orange Bissau announces network modernisation and expansion

Orange Bissau announces network modernisation and expansion

Operator Orange Bissau has announced the launch of a programme to modernise its mobile access network and extend its rural coverage to more than 1,000 new villages in Guinea Bissau.

It says it recently inaugurated the first antenna in the village of Bijimita in the Quinhamel sector. Quinhamel is the capital of Biombo Region in the west of the country.

This inauguration marks the complete modernization of the existing 3G and 4G network of Orange Bissau and the extension of Orange Bissau's 2G/3G rural coverage to more than 1,000 villages, with the deployment of 150 new antennas suited to the local environment.

An investment of 13.4 billion FCFA (about $24.9 million) was involved in a project that will see the 150 new antennas deployed throughout Guinea Bissau. This, in turn, will open up more than 1,000 villages in all regions of Guinea Bissau.

With the deployment of this vast network modernisation and extension programme, the operator says it aim is to guarantee the population of Guinea Bissau the availability of a latest-generation 3G and 4G network. The country has a population of just under two million.

Orange Bissau says it remains committed to continuing its efforts to give Bissau-Guineans national coverage and a modernized network, while contributing to the country's digital transformation.

Parent company Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has around 130 million customers (as at March 31). In fact, with €5.8 billion (about $7.1 billion) in turnover in 2020, Orange MEA is the Group’s main growth region.