Orange Bissau launches its program to modernize the mobile access network and extend its rural coverage to more than 1,000 new villages in Guinea Bissau

Orange Bissau (http://Orange-Bissau.com) inaugurates the first branch of the village of Bijimita (Quinhamel sector) under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, and the presence of the President of Orange Bissau Board of Directors, Ministers, Ambassadors, notables and dignitaries of Guinea Bissau.

This inauguration marks:

  • the complete modernization of the existing 3G + / 4G network of Orange Bissau, which will offer the entire population an incomparable experience of the telecommunications network: calls, internet browsing, Orange money
  • extension of Orange Bissau’s 2G / 3G rural coverage to more than 1,000 villages, with the deployment of 150 new antennas perfectly suited to our environment.

This large investment of 13.4 billion FCFA demonstrates the strong commitment of the Orange Group to contribute to the socio-economic development of Guinea Bissau, particularly in the telecommunications, digitization and financial inclusion sector.

150 new branches will be deployed throughout Guinea Bissau, opening up more than 1,000 villages in all regions of Guinea Bissau.

With the deployment of this vast network modernization and extension program, we will guarantee the populations of Guinea Bissau the availability of a latest generation 3G + and 4G network.

Orange Bissau remains determined to continue its efforts to provide national coverage and a modernized network to Bissau-Guineans, while contributing to the country’s digital transformation.

Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has approximately 130 million customers as of March 31, 2021. With 5.8 billion euros in sales in 2020, Orange MEA is the main growth region of the Group. Orange Money, with its mobile money transfer and financial services offer, is available in 17 countries and has 50 million customers. Orange, a multi-service operator and a benchmark partner in digital transformation, brings its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Orange.

Press contacts:
Khadija Komara
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+33 6 76 45 96 18

Nathalie Chevrier
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+33 6 48 52 75 83

About Orange:
Orange is one of the leading telecommunications operators in the world with a turnover of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 140,000 employees worldwide as of March 31, 2021, including 80,000 in France. The Group had a total of 262 million customers worldwide as of March 31, 2021, including 217 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also one of the world’s leading providers of IT and telecommunications services to multinational companies, under the Orange Business Services brand. In December 2019, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Engage 2025” which, guided by social and environmental responsibility, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging businesses.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.Orange.com, www.Orange-Business.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service name included in this document are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

About Orange Bissau:
The Republic of Guinea-Bissau, a country on the northwest coast of Africa, is a very hospitable country with a population of 2 million. The capital is the port city of Bissau. The official language is Portuguese.

Guinea-Bissau has a border with Senegal and Guinea (Conakry). Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, it includes the Bijagos archipelago, near its coasts. The continent is made up of a coastal plain, a central plateau and hills to the northeast. The climate is hot all year round. It rains a lot on the coast.

Mangroves and palm trees grow on the coast. The center is covered with forests. The savannah stretches to the north. The country is populated by crocodiles, snakes, gazelles, leopards, hyenas, monkeys, flamingos and pelicans.

Guinea-Bissau is the 3rd largest cashew producer in Africa and the 6th in the world, with its production of 120,000 tonnes per year earning it $ 60 million.

The country has many other natural resources: bauxite, wood, petroleum, phosphate rocks… Its coastline is very rich in fish. The agricultural potential of the country is enormous.

Orange Bissau, telecommunications leader with Mr. Brutus Sadou Diakite as CEO, has been operating in Guinea Bissau since 2007, offers a 3G + and 4G + network to its subscribers and actively participates not only in the development of the digital economy but also in the financial inclusion of populations.

Orange Bissau currently has nearly one million (1,000,000) mobile customers and six hundred thousand (600,000) Orange Money customers.

Orange Bissau is one of the main contributors to the Guinean economy of Bissau with 9.7% of tax revenue and 3.1% of the state’s overall budget revenue in 2020 and nearly 8,000 direct and indirect jobs created.

Orange Bissau has a CSR policy around education, health and women. True to its commitment as a leading player in Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange has supported Guinea Bissau in its fight against COVID-19 with a donation of several million FCFA and the activation of its telecoms and electronic payment products as barrier gestures.

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