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Orange Eyes Ethiopia Move in Battle for New African Market

  • Ethiopia to sell stake in phone monopoly, auction new license
  • Country is one of the last major closed off telecoms markets
A pedestrian looks out over commercial and residential buildings on the city skyline in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Orange SA is considering a bid for a minority stake in Ethiopia’s state-owned phone monopoly as Africa’s second-most populous country prepares to welcome foreign telecommunications investors for the first time.

The French carrier is also open to becoming a rival carrier to Ethio Telecom by taking part in an auction for a new privately held mobile-phone license, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ramon Fernandez said in an interview in London on Friday. Both options are likely to be made available by next year.