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Orange taps American Tower unit for mobile network rollout

Orange SA struck a new partnership with American Tower Corp. unit ATC France to speed up the rollout of the French operator's mobile network.

The tie-up involves the deployment of between 900 and 2,000 new mobile network sites in rural areas and along transport routes across France within the 2020-2024 period.

The two companies also signed a 20-year hosting services agreement, which will allow ATC France to help maintain the quality of Orange's mobile services.

The partnership's financial terms were not disclosed.

Orange and ATC France have an existing tie-up for the deployment and operation of mobile infrastructure.

ATC France manages the hosting of mobile services across 2,500 tower sites. Its parent entity American Tower owns and operates multitenant telecom towers, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.

Orange earlier agreed to sell about 1,500 nonstrategic tower sites in Spain to Cellnex Telecom SA. The deal is part of the telco's five-year strategic plan that also outlines its fiber-to-the-home and 5G rollout targets.