Mobile network technology has been developed for developed nations, leaving a lack of affordable mobile coverage solutions for countries with different needs, including those in Africa, argues Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, senior VP at Orange Labs Networks.
"We have standardized equipment, which allows for economies of scale, but we use the same solutions for rich countries as we do Africa. These countries have ARPU of $30 a month, compared to $1 in Africa. We simply cannot afford that," noted Delpon in an interview with Telecoms.com, Connecting Africa's sister publication.
Orange runs networks and offers services in 11 African markets, has more than 120 million customers in the Africa and the Middle East (AME) region and its customer base is growing, but clearly Delpon believes it could grow quicker if there were more affordable and dedicated technology systems available to cover Africa's remote areas. (See Orange's AME Recovery Continues in Q1.)
Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, senior VP at Orange Labs Networks: "We use the same solutions for rich countries as we do Africa... We simply cannot afford that."
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