13 Mar 2013
Orange Centrafrique has announced that it has become the first operator in the Central African Republic to launch a 3G network. The mobile broadband network, which it says offers maximum downlink speeds of 21Mbps – ‘ten times faster than EDGE’ – has launched in Bangui, where the cellco claims to offer ‘maximum coverage’. Although the precise technology deployed by Orange has not been confirmed, the cellco is presumed to have rolled out a Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) platform.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange competes with Telecel-RCA, Azur RCA (formerly Nationlink) and Moov Centrafrique in the country’s wireless sector, claiming second place in the market with a 32.4% market share at 31 December 2012.