Mobile Internet: Service Providers Collaborate Across Africa, Middle East

Orange on Monday announced a new partnership with Google, to bring the best of mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern (Orange MEA) footprint.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Yves Maitre, the Executive Vice President of Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.

``By combining the strength of Orange’s mobile network and mobile expertise with Google’s mobile applications, the move offers customers the best of both partners in terms of access and content through an all-inclusive digital communication package.

``Orange and Google have come together to deliver a package that is tailored to meet the needs of the market.

``Customers across the Orange MEA footprint will now have access to a range of best-in-class online services, including but not limited to popular content covering fashion, sport and music.

``It also covers everyday tools such as Google Search, YouTube and Google Maps," it said.

According to the statement, the partnership will address the mass market for Orange in Africa and the Middle East, following Orange’s ongoing success of delivering smart phones across the region.