Orange to roll out 4G in Guinea
22 March 2019
Orange-Guinea has recently obtained a 4G operating license for the next ten years, in exchange for a check of 79.5 million euros signed to the Guinean authorities.
Orange strengthens its offer against its two competitors in Guinea, MTN and Cellcom. For an amount of 90 million dollars (79.5 million euros), the Guinean subsidiary of the French telephone operator signed on March 14 the acquisition of a 4G license. It becomes the first operator in the country to provide an offer with such a flow.
This license for the “establishment and operation of 2G, 3G and 4G mobile telecommunications networks” was signed at the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy by Minister Moustapha Mamy Diaby and representatives Orange Guinea, Sonatel (a subsidiary of Orange France), and the Regulatory Authority for Posts and Telecommunications (ARPT).
The license specifications, valid for ten years, set as requirements the coverage of all districts, as well as the roads (national roads) and railways of Guinea in 2G and 3G. It also provides coverage for all cities, sub-prefecture capitals and major rail and road axes, and at least 90% of the population, in a 4G network. The latter should be operational in May 2019.
This strong position is supported in particular by the parent company Orange, which invests about 1 billion euros each year on the African continent, including 20% for 4G.