Orange reiterates South African ambitions

15 Oct 2013

Sebastien Crozier, CEO of Orange Group’s Orange Horizons division has confirmed that if the company had access to spectrum in South Africa it would become a mobile network operator (MNO) ‘tomorrow’. Previously, the company revealed its intention to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), but it has been critical of a lack of legislation covering that sector of the industry in South Africa. However, in an interview with BusinessTech Crozier said that given the frequency ‘we could enter the market as a real player … if you have frequency, you are an MNO … we are always interested in becoming an MNO in a country where there is opportunity. We think that South Africa is a very interesting market’. Frequency is the equivalent of a licence, he added.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January this year Orange Horizons launched with a view to seeking out new business opportunities in countries where the French group is not already present as a mass-market telecoms provider. The group already sells products in South Africa through its website, and has a business unit serving high profile companies in the mining and petroleum industries.