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Orange, Cellcom, Telecommunications,
#Orange today announced it has entered into a firm agreement
with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited to acquire, through its subsidiary
Orange Côte d’Ivoire, 100% of Cellcom’s Liberia subsidiary, the leading mobile
operator* in Liberia, with the strongest market commercial momentum.


Orange will provide its marketing expertise and world-class technical
capability to further strengthen the network operator, enhance services to
consumers and contribute to the economic growth of Liberia. Cellcom’s founders
and employees will remain involved in the business to ensure a smooth
integration, support performance and continue long-standing relations with the
Government of Liberia.
This acquisition is part of the
international development strategy of Orange,
which aims to accelerate its growth by entering new emerging markets with high
potential. This will enable Orange to strengthen its positions in Africa, which
is a strategic priority for the Group.
Liberia is a country of over 4.3 million inhabitants, with a mobile penetration
rate of 66%, lower than in many neighboring countries. With a national mobile
license and its significant market share in the country in number of
subscribers, Cellcom has excellent potential for growth over the coming years.
The completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by the competent
authorities.

About Orange

Orange  is one of the world’s leading
telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000
employees worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 98,000 employees in France.
Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million
customers worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 200 million mobile
customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading
provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational
companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group
presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer
experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to
benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation
networks.


Orange is listed on #Euronext Paris (symbol ORA)
and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol #ORAN).


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