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Orange to launch telecommunication services in Uganda


France Telecom and Hits Telecom Uganda have created a new company named Orange Uganda Limited, which will provide telecommunication services in Uganda under the Orange brand in the coming months. Hits Telecom Uganda provides Orange Uganda Limited with its national licence, the transfer of which has been approved by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

Orange Uganda Limited, 53% controlled by France Telecom, will also benefit from Hits Telecom Ugandaís GSM network and main telecom assets. France Telecom will provide its know-how, the support and experience of its teams worldwide and the financing required for a successful and ambitious service deployment. All of Hits Telecom Ugandaís staff are invited to join Orange Uganda Limited.

With a rapidly growing population of around 30 million people and a mobile penetration rate of less than 17% in March 2008, Uganda offers major prospects for growth.

This investment is fully in line with France Telecomís development strategy targeting strong growth markets and will further strengthen its presence in East Africa. It follows the acquisition of a 51% stake in the incumbent operator Telkom Kenya in December 2007 and the launch of the Orange brand in Kenya on September 17.

Already present in 15 African countries, the Group will provide its new country operation with the strength of its Orange brand, the quality of its products and services, as well as its capacity for innovation in order to succeed within a competitive environment.


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