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Sierra Leone News: Orange plans to invest $24m this year

Head of Public Relations of Orange Sierra Leone, Annie Wonnie, said on Monday 8 April 2019, the company plans to invest $24 million USD in expansion and upgrading of their network as part of Orange’s strategic ambition/drive for Sierra Leone. Orange and Sonatel are present in Sierra Leone with a strong industrial project that will lead to invest significantly to cover most of the population in the country with telecom services and to bring new services such as data, services to business customers and mobile financial services. “Orange will spend about $1.5 million on the free education for the next five years under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as environment as we want to support the government’s drive for a better education. We have already supported this project last year when it was launched and we will continue to support them in the future,” she pledged. The Head of PR averred that from this amount they plan to make sure that Orange gets to the international standard with relevance to all subscribers and customers under the 4G network. “Under the GSM penetration, we plan to increase the low penetration rates to reach the goals of the government, and under the mobile financial services, we will launch the micro loans services and international remittances.” Annie Wonnie said Orange plans to launch new businesses this year and they want to be the first partner for energy, mobile for development in agriculture and education. “Orange plans to support government’s effort to extend telecommunication services to areas that are yet to have network and to increase the quality in areas that are already covered by us. Presently we have 60 sites across Western Area that are covered with the 4G network and we are now taking it to the head quarter towns in the coming weeks. We also plan to strengthen the 3G in other parts of the interior until we will be able to give them the 4G.”

AT/8/4/19

Tuesday April 09, 2019.

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