05 April 2023
Orange Liberia has begun to implement a service agreement signed in November 2022 with Vanu, Inc. to extend its mobile network to rural areas of the country.
Over the next two years, Vanu will deploy for Orange Liberia at least 200 2G, 3G and 4G telecom towers on the network-as-a-service (NaaS) model. The partnership also includes the provision of technology upgrades.
The service agreement with Vanu is part of Orange's IDEAL program which aims to extend network coverage to 20 million people living in rural areas of Africa through the construction of 5,000 sites in four years. The agreement involved Liberia, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire. The company has also signed similar agreements with NuRAN Wireless and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) in Madagascar.
The extension of its telecom network in rural areas of Liberia should enable Orange to bring mobile telephony and digital payment services to millions more people. This should enable the operator to increase its revenues and strengthen its position in a disputed telecoms market with LTC Mobile and Lonestar Cell MTN.