Orange growth plans for South Africa

The South African arm of french telecommunications giant, Orange, says it will continue to invest in South Africa, with eyes on becoming a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) by 2015.

Orange Horizons CEO, Sébastien Crozier  told BusinessTech that the group will up its current modest capex to invest in its ISP ambitions.

“We feel that ISPs in South Africa do not bring enough value to the customer, so mobile data, voice over IP (VoIP). We feel we can bring more to the end customer, he said alluding to a triple play offering including access to TV all on the same subscription.

“We do not plan to buy an ISP, but who knows, if the right company wants to partner, we always be open to a friendly discussion,” the chief executive said.

In South Africa, we have been able to increase our turnover without much capex. By the end of the year, we should be at breakeven,” Crozier said. “We aren’t anxious, our turnover is growing faster than we expected.”

The group has initiated several WiFi ventures in Cape Town including a deal with African Eagle Tourism, and most recently, taxi service app, Uber.

The group already sells products in SA through its website, and has a business unit serving high profile companies in the mining, and petroleum industry.

The group is also set to open up a warehouse in Johannesburg as early as next week.

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