Mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Liberia (formerly Cellcom) plans to invest up to USD15 million in its networks and services next year Agence Ecofin reports, with the money targeted toward improving digital inclusion by deploying new cell sites capable of serving even the most remote regions of the country. The MNO’s chief executive officer Mamadou Coulibaly says his company is striving to raise the country’s profile as a leading light in telecoms in the West Africa region. Speaking at the opening of the 2017 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) conference Coulibaly said that next year’s planned investment will also allow Orange to offer better quality services to MSMEs – such as mobile money.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Orange completed its 100% acquisition of Cellcom Liberia in April 2016, and went on to rebrand the operation in May 2017. One of Orange’s first actions was to introduce LTE connectivity in capital city Monrovia, shortly after the deal was completed, while in July it announced the launch of ‘Liberia’s first 4G LTE network outside of Monrovia’, switching on its network in Kakata, the capital of Margibi County, a transit town at the heart of the country’s historical natural rubber cultivation belt, whilst indicating plans for further LTE expansion in cities across the country.