CCT relaunches as Orange RDC

6 Dec 2012

France Telecom-Orange (FT-Orange) yesterday relaunched its wholly owned wireless operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as ‘Orange RDC’, replacing the cellco’s former Congo Chine Telecom (CCT) name. Since assuming control of the operator last year, FT-Orange has invested CDF87.4 billion (USD89.6 million) to expand and enhance the network, including an upgrade to 3G: its 3G services are currently available in Kinshasa, and will be launched in Lubumbashi and Matadi before the end of the year and Goma, Bukavu and Mbuji-Mayi in early 2013. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, FT-Orange acquired the company in October 2011 from its former owners Chinese equipment vendor ZTE and the Congolese government for a total of USD196 million, the majority of which was assumed debt.

Jean-Leon Bonnechere, CEO of Orange RDC commented: ‘We think that there is a strong desire for simple, dynamic and innovative services in the DRC, a country with incredible development potential; it is the Group’s ability to meet these requirements that makes Orange one of the most renowned brands in the world.’

Congo, Dem. Rep., Orange DRC