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Orange telecoms facility fire in Ivory Coast appears to be criminal act -minister
ABIDJAN, May 15 (Reuters) - A fire last month that gutted a
facility of French telecoms group Orange in Ivory
Coast, disrupting service for weeks, appears to have been the
result of a criminal act, the communications minister said on
The fire broke out early on April 30 at a technical centre
in the commercial capital Abidjan's central Plateau district.
"The investigation is moving forward with the police," said
Bruno Kone. "This is what the initial elements (of the
investigation) seem to indicate."
Mobile phone networks, internet access and landlines were
knocked out across much of Ivory Coast, which is French-speaking
West Africa's largest economy and a regional banking and
Orange launched emergency repair work immediately after the
incident occurred, but more than two weeks later some network
The French company is Ivory Coast's mobile
telecommunications leader with more than 13 million subscribers.
It also holds a majority stake in the country's national
Its competitors in the wireless sector include South
Africa's MTN and Maroc Telecom-owned Moov.
(Reporting by Joe Bavier; editing by Jason Neely)
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