Philippe Luxcey, CEO of France Telecom-controlled Orange Uganda

According to Global telecoms business, Eaton Towers is a UK based company that is chaired by Sanjiv Ahuja, former Orange CEO who is also chairman of the troubled US LTE venture Light Squared.

Philippe Luxcey, CEO of France Telecom-controlled Orange Uganda, said: “The partnership will enable us to expand our network and develop new multimedia services, in particular in rural areas, helping us achieve our ambition to provide the Ugandan population with the best network coverage and high-quality services.”

Alan Harper, the former Vodafone group director who is CEO of Eaton Towers, said: “Our ownership and management of the telecoms network infrastructure will ensure that Orange Uganda’s network is continually enhanced and expanded, whilst maintaining low operating costs for the mobile operator.”

The agreement includes outsourcing of the maintenance and operation of sites and provision of build-to-suit for new sites, to cut capital expenditure and costs.

Luxcey said: “Through this agreement, we will be able to reduce our operational costs and, at the same time, prevent the proliferation of masts thereby reducing the environmental and visual impact of our network, especially in urban and ecologically-sensitive areas.” GTB

Source The New Vision and Agencies

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