Welcome to Orange Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a population of 84.1 million, putting it in fourth place in Africa in terms of population (source: IMF, October 2016). However, the mobile penetration rate is only 36% (source: Telecommunications and Postal Services Regulatory Authority of Congo, Q3 2016), which is a much lower level than that of most neighboring countries.

In 2016, the country’s overall economic environment was marked by difficulties, notably following the depreciation of the Congolese franc compared with the American dollar (two currencies used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the expected institutional changes, notably the delay in the presidential elections that were initially due in November 2016.

In a context of weak mobile penetration representing a huge potential for growth, Orange, which already held a 2G and 3G national license, strengthened its position in 2016 by acquiring the operator Oasis in April 2016, which was operating under the Tigo brand. Through this acquisition, Orange managed to further develop its market position by reaching second place in terms of mobile market share, with 30.8%, or 1.6 point behind the leader, and by becoming a leader in the mobile Internet segment, with a market share of 41.6%, far ahead of its competitor AIRTEL at 32.7% (source: Telecommunications and Postal Services Regulatory Authority of Congo, Q3 2016).

The number of Orange mobile customers, which stood at 5.3 million at the end of 2015, reached 7.3 million at the end of 2016, or an increase of 38%, mainly due to the purchase of Oasis. On a comparable basis, the customer base is in fact down 27% considering the negative impact of the depreciation of the Congolese franc and the law on subscriber’s identification, which significantly slowed down acquisitions, particularly during the first half of 2016. In this context, Orange DRC’s revenues contracted by 10% during 2016.

 

Welcome to Orange Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

More information on the 2016 Registration Document: 3.1.6.18 Democratic Republic of the Congo