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Under pressure, Orange considers exiting east African telecom market

Michael Malakata | March 12, 2014
French telecom operator Orange is considering exiting the east African telecom market as a result of anticipated stiff competition from Kenya's Safaricom and Bharti Airtel.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the voice market is becoming saturated while revenue from short messaging services is also dropping, forcing operators to depend on revenue from internet and data services.

Orange currently has operations in 15 African countries, including Botswana, Egypt and Niger.


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