The MNO experience on Madagascar – getting online with Blueline
Blueline currently relies on its own network of towers and rooftops but hopes infrastructure sharing will help it scale rapidly in the future
Blueline were launched in 2015 by local internet service provider Gulfsat Madagascar and are an LTE-only operator. Madagascar’s voice market has been almost stable with little recent growth, however the market has been shifting towards higher data usage, especially in the urban areas which account for over 70% of the mobile market. Blueline own and operate some of their own towers and rooftop sites and lease space on shared towers in Madagascar. TowerXchange asked Blueline CEO Mohib Pirbay what life is like for a small MNO on a big island.
TowerXchange: Please introduce yourself and Blueline’s current tower strategy in Madagascar.