Outsourcing ETC Monopoly Leaves Customers out of Picture

April 13, 2010

By Yared Haile-Meskel

Orange is one of the major players in the telephone, mobile, and broadband sector in Europe, with 193 million customers, 180,000 employees, and a 67.4 billion dollar turnover. It has operations in 32 countries, and 14 of them are in Africa, including Kenya, Egypt, and Uganda.

It is good: if Orange is brought in to restructure the ETC to create a competitive information communications technology (ICT) market. But bringing it in to only manage a monopoly may not improve things. If the intention is the later, we may see the worst of both worlds; that is, a monopoly from a controlled economy and profit driven management from a market based economy. Read Full text