France’s Orange interested in Sao Tome and Principe market

10 October 2012

Telecommunications company Orange, of the France Telecom group, may launch operations in Sao Tome and Principe, company official Yves Roggier said in Sao Tome Monday cited y pan-African news agency Panapress.

At the end of an audience with the Sao Tome Prime Minister, Patrice Trovoada, Roggier, who is also chairman of ACE “African Coast to Europe”, a consortium of 20 companies responsible for laying and managing the undersea cable linking West Africa and Europe, said only that Orange was already in a number of African countries and that there was interest in setting up on the Sao Tome archipelago.

Local telecoms company Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicações, which is part-owned by Portugal Telecom, has been the only company operating in the Sao Tome and Principe for many years.

Roggier made the statement when ACE inaugurated the São Gabriel station in Sao Tome, where the 9,000-kilometre fibre optic cable linking Europe via France to West Africa, is anchored.

Orange, which operates in several African countries, is leading this project with an estimated cost of US$700 million, of which US$25 million has been provided by Sao Tome and Principe.

José Diogo da Graça, chairman of STP Cabo, the Sao Tome company responsible for managing the undersea cable in the country, announced that in January 2013 a broadband Internet access service would begin to be sold on the archipelago. (macauhub)