Orange Cote d'Ivoire to shut down copper network next year

15 Jun 2022

Orange Cote d’Ivoire has announced that it will close its copper networks next year, migrating customers to fibre and fixed 4G services instead. Existing ADSL customers will be offered free equipment to enable them to switch to fibre-based services, or to fixed 4G where fibre is not available. ADSL services will be shut down at the end of this year, with the full decommissioning of the copper network to be completed in 2023. Orange has been deploying fibre-optic technology since 2016.

Didier Kla, Director of Orange Business and Broadband at Orange Cote d’Ivoire, said: ‘This step is strategic for us: as a committed operator, we work daily to provide our customers with the best services. Since the beginning, more than XOF360 billion [USD572 million] has been invested for the modernisation of the network, including more than XOF50 billion for the development of optical fibre in Abidjan, San-Pedro, Yamoussoukro and Bouake.’

Côte d'Ivoire, Orange Cote d'Ivoire (incl. CI-Telecom)