Orange completes acquisition of Airtel Sierra Leone

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Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operator, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Airtel Sierra Leone, the leading mobile operator in Sierra Leone.

The acquisition, made together with Orange’s Senegal-based partner Sonatel, was completed following approval by the relevant authorities.

Now part of the Orange family, customers in the country will benefit from the support of the Sonatel group and take advantage of the Orange group’s expertise and momentum in terms of innovation and development of the digital ecosystem.

“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,” said Bruno Mettling, Deputy CEO of the Orange group and Chairman & CEO of Orange MEA (Middle East and Africa).

This new acquisition will further strengthen the Group’s positions on the African continent.

Orange first announced plans to acquire the telco back in January 2016.

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.

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