Vodacom In Talks With Orange About Strategic Partnership In Africa

Vodacom is looking to keep infrastructure costs down on the continent

By Joseph-Albert Kuuire 1 Min Read

In a report by Bloomberg, Vodacom Group Ltd. is in discussions with France’s Orange SA about a strategic partnership in Africa to explore infrastructure deals to help keep down costs on the continent.


The telecommunications companies are looking at agreements in overlapping markets including Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and reviewing where there are other opportunities to work together.

The talks involve potential agreements to share infrastructure and jointly build connectivity to rural areas.

What They’re Saying

“We are looking at partnerships with other mobile operators and financial investors in countries where we operate,” a representative for Vodacom said in an emailed statement.

Our aim is to potentially alleviate the costs of rollout and rural connectivity, helping to address cost to communicate and narrow the digital divide.

Why This Matters

Vodacom and Orange are each working to expand to capture the market’s exploding growth — particularly for mobile services where young, tech-savvy users are spending more time on devices to access everything from entertainment to financial services.

Source: Bloomberg

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Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator, editor, and journalist at Tech Labari. Email: joseph@techlabari.com Twitter: @jakuuire
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