Orange Uganda signs deal with Eaton Towers

Orange Uganda has announced an agreement with Eaton Towers for the sale and management of its passive network infrastructure and assets

A subsidiary of France Telecom-Orange, Orange Uganda revealed that the fifteen-year deal is focused on both the outsourcing of the operation and maintenance of existing sites and providing build-to-suit for new sites. It is hoped the deal will reduce both operating costs and capital expenditure.

Orange Uganda said that its tower portfolio combined with Eaton Towers’ ability to provide the best network quality will create a solid platform for future growth and allow Orange Uganda to focus on providing innovative services and reliable data services.

“We are pleased to announce our agreement with Eaton Towers,” said Philippe Luxcey, CEO of Orange Uganda. “The partnership will enable us to expand our network and develop new multimedia services, in particular in rural areas, helping us achieve our ambition to provide the Ugandan population with the best network coverage and high-quality services. Through this agreement, we will be able to reduce our operational costs and, at the same time, prevent the proliferation of masts thereby reducing the environmental and visual impact of our network, especially in urban and ecologically-sensitive areas.”

Marc Rennard, Executive Vice President in charge of Africa, Middle East and Asia for France Telecom-Orange, described the agreement as an important milestone in the Group’s efforts to control operating costs across its footprint in the region. “Orange Uganda’s towers initiative is the first of its kind and will be closely watched by Orange subsidiaries in other markets across Africa,” he said.

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