Orange Niger has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Intelsat to utilise the satellite service provider’s capacity to expand its cellular network to rural regions of the West African country. Intelsat will provide C-band broadband capacity to support Orange’s deployment of cellular backhaul services in Niger. The cellco, which is a unit of France’s Orange Group, plans to use its expanded network reach to offer high quality, reliable broadband services to corporate enterprises and provide mobile telecoms services to customers across the country. Furthermore, Orange Niger will be able to seamlessly transition to the new Intelsat 35e satellite when it enters service, scheduled for 2017. ‘By partnering with Intelsat, we are now able to introduce mobile telecom services to corporations and communities in the most remote regions of the country,’ commented Brelotte Ba, CEO of Orange Niger, adding: ‘Intelsat’s robust satellite services will support the rapid expansion of our service territory, much of which includes challenging terrain. The satellite-based solution will allow us to add new subscribers and introduce new services in a cost-efficient manner. More importantly, it will provide much needed reliable broadband connectivity, which will have a positive economic impact on the businesses and the communities we look to serve.’
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