Orange Madagascar eyeing 4G launch by end-2016

16 Sep 2016

Mobile network operator Orange Madagascar is reportedly aiming to introduce commercial 4G services by the end of this year, according to Agence Ecofin, which cites comments made by Bruno Mettling, Orange Group’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Operations in Africa and the Middle East (MEA). With a view to launching such connectivity, it was suggested that Orange Madagascar could look to partner with fixed line incumbent Telma to use the latter’s fibre-optic backbone network, with discussions on a possible deal said to be ‘ongoing and progressing well’.

Alongside the launch of 4G, Orange Madagascar will continue to invest in its 3G infrastructure, with Mr Mettling noting that new areas will gain access to UMTS-based services shortly, while confirming that 120 Malagasy cities are currently within the network footprint.

Madagascar, Orange Madagascar, Telecom Malagasy (Telma)