Telecommunications company Orange announced Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of the Liberian mobile services company Cellcom.
The original agreement for the purchase was signed just less than three months ago.
Orange officials said the acquisition was made to expand its operations and presence in Africa, where it already operates in 19 countries. Acquiring Cellcom will immediately add 1.4 million customers who can expect a strengthening of existing services, stronger customer support, technical expertise and increased marketing efforts, Orange officials said.
The move also brings more resources to the mobile market in Liberia, where approximately one third of Liberians do not yet use mobile services.
Orange is a publicly traded company with more than 157,000 employees working in 28 countries. The company had more than 263 million customers at the end of September 2015 and total sales of more than $44 billion in 2014.