Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, considers entering Ethiopia’s telecoms market. Ethiopia is among countries whose telecoms industry remains in the hands of the government.
Orange is one of the leading contenders seeking to benefit from the end of state-controlled Ethio Telecom’s monopoly, pushed by Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.
Sources told Reuters earlier this month that the government aimed to award telecom licenses by the end of 2019, with the new operators expected to launch services next year.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, recently said that Ethio telecom will be split into an infrastructure provider and telecom services provider before it is privatized.
According to Reuters, Africa and the Middle East is Orange’s fastest-growing region for the telecoms group, which controls 17 operators on the continent.