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Orange acquires mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso

Orange has acquired, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, 100% of the mobile operator Airtel Burkina Faso. The signing of this contract had already been held in January 2016 with Airtel which is none other than the second mobile operator in Burkina Faso. The operator has 4.6 million customers on a base of active customers over the last 30 days. Moreover, the market for mobile financial services, Airtel is the undisputed leader. It also has an interconnection with Orange Money in neighboring countries for international transfers. With the deployment of the 3.75G in over 100 communities, Airtel is positioned as the first Internet provider in Burkina Faso. It becomes, in this way, the 20th country in Africa and the Middle East to join the Orange group. Burkina Faso has 18 million inhabitants and has a mobile penetration rate rather high for the area, 80% of the population. « We are pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of the mobile operator Airtel Burkina Faso. This new acquisition strengthens the strategic positions of the group on the African continent  » said Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations in Africa and the Middle East (MEA) of the Orange Group. Thus, Burkina Faso will benefit from the expertise, dynamism of the Orange Group in innovation and development of the digital ecosystem. High expectations from customers.

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