Orange has announced the launch of a GSM-based network in Uganda, giving the France Telecom-owned cellco a presence in 15 African countries. Commenting on the launch of operations, Orange Uganda CEO Philippe Luxcey said: ‘We are very excited to be able to enrich the lives of Ugandans by providing simple, innovative communications products and services, with unrivalled value and a clear focus on customer care. We are also proud to contribute to the economic development of Uganda’. Orange is offering a national flat rate per second or per minute package, as well as an attractive range of international tariffs and an exclusive call-back service.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, France Telecom acquired a 53% stake in HITS Telecom Uganda in August last year. Together the pair formed a new company, Orange Uganda, to which HITS transferred its national Public Infrastructure Provider (PIP) and Public Service Provider (PSP) licences; the concessions give it permission to operate across a range of technologies including CDMA, GSM, W-CDMA and WiMAX. In August 2007 HITS awarded Alcatel-Lucent a USD100 million contract for the supply of a full end-to-end GSM network as well as transmission solutions with microwave systems designed to optimise the transmission of voice and data traffic from base stations to the core network.
Orange Uganda’s other shareholders include International Investment House (IIH, an international investment firm based in Abu Dhabi), Al-Awael Holdings, Ali Mohamed Abas Khouri and Veritas Communications Limited.