Sebastien Crozier, CEO of Orange Group’s international development unit Orange Horizons, has refuted claims that the group is planning to launch a mobile network in Swaziland, IT Web Africa reports. The executive explained: ‘We have planned for the beginning of next year to extend our coverage of the online store because there is a customer union between Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia … and probably because some people have heard we are going to extend the coverage of the delivery in Swaziland they thought Orange will set a new mobile operator in the country’. According to Crozier, Orange will provide online services and sell devices and SIM cards for people travelling to Europe, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire and other African countries.
TeleGeography notes that one international telecoms firm that is interested in Swaziland is Vietnam’s Viettel Group. Last month Swaziland Communications Commission (SCC) director Stan Motsa confirmed that the company had applied for a mobile concession under the ‘Swazi Vitel’ name. The start-up was also said to be backed by ‘Mozambican business people’.