Orange’s Ivory Coast Network to Be Restored Next Week After Fire
By Katarina Hoije and LeAnna De Bassompierre, Bloomberg
May 16, 2018
Orange SA said its network in Ivory Coast will be fully restored next week after a fire at a technical facility on April 30 disrupted telecommunication services across the country.
The blaze at a submarine cable station in the commercial capital, Abidjan, affected the French phone carrier’s wireless voice and data customers and fixed-line services, spokesman Fanta Sidibe said by phone on Wednesday. A police investigation found that “sabotage” was the likely cause of the incident, Sidibe said.
“The investigation showed a cable was cut and the police also found a ladder on the scene,” she said. “Service is now at 85 percent and we’re working on getting full service back.”
Orange is Ivory Coast’s biggest telecommunications operator with 13 million subscribers. Its main competitors in the West African nation are Johannesburg-based MTN Group Ltd. and a unit of Maroc Telecom.