October 15, 2019
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Head of Media Relations at Orange Telecom Sierra Leone, Annie Wonnie-Katta, has asserted that Orange Money is the biggest, reliable and fastest banking platform in Sierra Leone.
She made the statement last Friday October 11th at Bilzz Restaurant on Wilkinson Road during their last 2019 quarterly engagement with journalists.
She added that Orange Money has continued to be the leader in providing financial inclusion in the country.
She said they have accomplished some key milestone over the last three months, adding that, Orange Money continues to play an integral role in the business by offering exciting promotions and offers in a bid to give its subscribers value for money.
She further stated that Orange Money also continues to provide more jobs to youth as Orange Money agents country-wide, noting that they started the 2019 year with 4,600 and today they have over 5,900 Orange Money agents.
She said the Commercial Department continues to penetrate into smaller businesses to ensuring that the company’s products and services can be accessed with ease from all corners and quarters of the country.
She disclosed that on 22nd August 2019, they recruited 200 Keke riders across the country as point of sales, adding that in October they also signed partnership with National Petroleum franchise stations across the country.
She said Orange remains committed to be the best in terms of multi service provider and a major contributor in the well-being of Sierra Leoneans, as well as the leader in digital transformation.
She said the quarterly engagement with the media gives them the opportunity to recap the promises they have made at the start of the year and also shares with the media the achievements they have made so far.
She said Orange was globally recognized as a multi-service provider and that they have been in Sierra Leone for just three years, but have already stamped their innovative footprint in the country.
She added that since the inception of Orange operations in the country the company has invested about $112 million in the areas of network modernization and expansion, human resources as well as corporate social responsibility.
She disclosed that the company has invested about $USD96 million in modernising and expanding its network infrastructure, noting that they remain committed to providing the best telecoms services in Sierra Leone, with the view to ensuring that their customers get an unmatched experience.
She said their network has expanded in the last two years as they inherited 247 sites from Airtel and that when they took over, they have constructed 45 new sites in 2017 and 42 in 2018, adding that at the start of 2019 they committed to construct additional 55 new sites.
“Today we are proud to inform you that we have completed 34 out of 55 sites committed in 2019 to connecting more than 1,170 new localities with thousand Sierra Leoneans now accessing data, voice and financial services for the first time,” she said.
She said Orange is now a proud owner of 367 sites across the country and they can comfortably boast of the widest network coverage in Sierra Leone covering about 74% of the country’s population.
She said Orange has invested about $16 million in the last two years, noting that the company prides itself in capacity building by ensuring that its employees benefit from soft skills, technical and leadership training.
“Orange being a multi service provider and a responsible corporate citizen places emphasis on corporate social investment. In the last two years the company has invested about $USD400, 000 mainly in the areas of women empowerment, health, education and the environment,” she said.
He re-echoed that Orange is the first operator in Sierra Leone to contribute to the government’s Free Quality Education agenda by pledging the sum of $USD1.
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5 material assistance over a period of five years beginning from 2019.
She further stated that in March 2019 Orange launched the first coding school in the country in partnership with the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) with an estimated cost of about Le2.75 billion, noting that the cording school will commence in December 2019 with an aim to train youth in cording and other software skills in readiness for the country’s digital transformation, foster entrepreneurship, reduce unemployment and develop the country’s innovation ecosystem.
She said they continue to make use of their network asset and strength by being the first movers always in the introduction of interesting offers, products and services.
She said two weeks ago, they launched their ‘chacha’ a non-binding and non-commitment daily subscription offer that gives 10 minute talk time to their customers.