Orange together with its Senegal-based partner Sonatel, has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone.
Airtel has over 1.3 million customers (on the basis of active customers within a 30-day period) in Sierra Leone for a total population of 6.3 million people. With a mobile penetration of around 50% of the population, Sierra Leone offers considerable growth potential.
Following the recent launch of operations in Liberia and Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone becomes the 21st country in Africa and the Middle East to join the Orange group.
Bruno Mettling, deputy chief executive officer of the Orange group and chairman & CEO of Orange MEA (Middle East and Africa), said: “We are pleased to announce that the acquisition of the mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone has been finalised. This new acquisition, which will be consolidated by Sonatel, will further strengthen Orange’s strategic position on the African continent.”