Orange kills ADSL and mobile operator hopes for South Africa

With the shutdown of Orange Horizons in South Africa, the company has shelved plans to become an ADSL provider and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the country.

“There is no plan to date to offer [business-to-consumer] services in South Africa,” Orange told MyBroadband.

For the short and medium-term, Orange will focus on its “footprint countries” where it is active as a mobile network operator.

News of Orange winding up its Horizons programme emerged in the wake of a notice the company sent to its online store customers in South Africa.

Orange said that as part of its global Essentials 2020 strategy, it decided to focus on core markets where it is or has an interest in being a mobile operator.

Previously, the company said it was interested in launching an ADSL ISP and MVNO in South Africa.

However, Orange said that for it to launch an MVNO, the regulatory environment would have to change as it presents a barrier to entry into the local market.

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