FT launches in Niger

1 Jul 2008

France Telecom (FT) has launched fixed, mobile and internet services under its Orange brand in five towns in Niger, according to the company. FT’s head of African operations Marc Rennard said the network would soon be available in an additional 30 towns. The company, which received its licence last November after paying EUR48 million (USD76 million), hopes to achieve a 30% share of Niger’s mobile market in the first year, and 50% by 2015. Currently the country is home to 709,000 wireless subscribers, of which 83% is controlled by Celtel, 10% by Moov and the remaining 7% by Sahelcom.