Orange has announced plans to launch as an Internet service provider (ISP) in South Africa. The French telecoms company is planning to soft-launch to clients from its online store offering them the opportunity to trial DSL accounts.
While Orange does not have an official launch date for its ISP service, technical testing has begun and the pilot will be rolled out with an expectation for the service to be launched by early 2016.
According to Orange Horizons CEO, Sébastien Crozier, some customers may be given an opportunity to test uncapped accounts.
“Customers are going to receive an e-mail telling them they have an opportunity to choose Orange as an ISP,” said Crozier.
The company will also be testing its network and ensuring that its supply chain is in order, while current South African ISPs generally sell their services online, Orange is not yet ruling out physical outlets.
“In South Africa, ISPs are mainly online – but in other markets that’s not the necessarily the case.”