France’s Largest Telecom Operator, Orange, To Enter Nigerian And South African Markets

Telecom operators in Nigeria and South Africa should be worried for their market shares. This is because Orange, France’s largest telecom operator, believes it would benefit from having a wider footprint in Africa and will give itself a few months to make further inroads into the contient, Chief Executive Stephane Richard told Les Echos business newspaper.

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  • Richard declined to comment on a possible interest in South Africa’s MTN Group Ltd.
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  • The Middle East and Africa, where Orange has a presence in 18 countries, is the company’s fastest-growing market.

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  • The region makes a large chunk of its revenues from payment transfers — a key part of the group’s diversification into financial services.
  • Orange said earlier this year it was bringing its operations in the Middle East and Africa into a single entity, paving the way for a potential listing of the operations that could raise cash to invest in overseas expansion.
  • Richard said Orange would also be looking at bolstering partnerships with health companies or institutions.
  • Earlier this year, the French telecom operator inaugurated an Orange Middle East and Africa operational head office in Morocco.


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