Posted by: APO | 11 November 2011

AfricaCom Awards 2011 / Orange wins “Best New Service” award at AfricaCom 2011

AfricaCom Awards 2011 / Orange wins “Best New Service” award at AfricaCom 2011

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, November 11, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Orange ( won the “Best New Service” award at the AfricaCom Awards 2011. The awards gala dinner took place on Wednesday, 9 November in Cape Town, South Africa. The awards are a unique annual celebration of innovation and the highest achievements across the communications industry in Africa. An independent panel of judges adjudicates.


Orange won the “Best New Service” award for Surf & Pay, a service that aims to facilitate access to the Internet. Surf & Pay is a system for sharing and re-charging Internet access, designed for hotels and internet cafés that want to provide their customers with Internet access using WiFi. It also allows individuals to share the costs of broadband Internet access with their neighbours, using a payment interface that is both flexible and secure. Up to 20 people can be connected to the service, and each of them will pay according to the time and volume consumed. The service is already availbale in Uganda and will soon be launched in Kenya; outside Africa, it is also availbale to Orange customers in Armenia.

Commenting after receiving the award, Marc Rennard, Executive Vice President responsible for Africa, the Middle East and Asia at Orange said: “We believe that by developing products and services that provide widespread access to the Internet and by offering solutions that are specifically designed for small and medium-sized companies, we can contribute to the economic and social development of Africa and the Middle East. This award praises the quality of the work accomplished by our teams in designing innovative services adapted to the African continent.”

Distributed by the African Press Organization for Orange.

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About Orange

France Telecom-Orange ( is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with 170,000 employees worldwide, including 102,000 employees in France, and sales of 33.8 billion euros in the first nine months of 2011. Present in 35 countries, the Group had a customer base of 221 million customers at 30 September 2011, including 145 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group’s single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. At 30 September 2011, the Group had 162 million mobile customers and 14 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, “conquests 2015”, Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

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