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ORANGE’S UNIFIED LICENCE WILL SEE IT OFFER BROADBAND IN BOTSWANA

The telecommunications industry is watching keenly to see what will happen after the groundbreaking award of a unified licence to Orange Botswana and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) by the parastatal Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA).

Until the award of the new licences, Orange was limited to mobile phones while the BTC was confined to fixed lines. Orange has said although they were still working out a strategy to take them into the increasingly converging communications industry, they intended to claim more segments of the market.

"This new licence means that we will be able to provide more services and cover more areas. Botswana presents a growing market, and this is true of most of Africa. Africa offers the fastest growth of mobile telecommunication uptake in the world.

"We are glad that we are well in step with that," said Orange's Chief Marketing Officer, Mickael Faurie, who was accompanied by the company's Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer Keabetswe Segole, during an interview with Business Today.

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