MADAGASCAR’S TELMA HITS 13,000 SUBSCRIBERS

Telecoms

Madagascar’s incumbent Telma officially launched its own mobile network this week. It has rolled out its network to 20 towns across Madagascar and has attracted 13,000 active subscribers during its soft launch period in November. It is the third mobile operator after Orange and Celtel.

It has long-term plans to have coverage in the 120 towns that the incumbent offers fixed lines in, compared with the 90 or so towns offered by it competitors. Ericsson has been the main supplier of the GSM network equipment and Telma has plans to invest US$90 million.