Building tomorrow’s networks today

Networks have a key role to play in the digital transformation of the African continent. Central to our role as an operator, they confer a strategic advantage as we seek to bring connectivity to as many people as possible, allowing for digital sharing. The challenge for us is to build a reliable, high-quality infrastructure throughout the ever-growing area where we are present.

 Upgrading our networks

We constantly upgrade our networks to stay one step ahead of our customers’ expectations. That’s why we are moving towards full IP, the Cloud and the virtualisation of our networks’ functions to ensure that they are flexible and can be programmed in real time as needed. The transformation will be complete across the continent by 2020, when we hope to have transferred 70% of voice services to VoIP and 95% of internet services to BBoIP. Optimising performance is also a question of sharing our infrastructure and pooling resources with others. That’s why in 2016, we decided to bring all network activities and service platforms for African countries together in the GNOC (Global Network Operation Centre) to guarantee optimal network quality and improve operational performance.

Extending coverage

In Africa and the Middle East, traditional mobile voice call services are increasingly being offered alongside internet access and data transfer services. By 2020, 40% of the population should have internet access from their smart device. In this context, we are carrying out major infrastructure projects to extend mobile coverage to as many people as possible, with a particular focus on rural areas. We are also optimising the performance of our network by rolling out 4G. At present, we already offer very high speed mobile broadband (4G) in around ten countries, including Botswana, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. We also hope to provide coverage in another four or five countries by 2018. Rolling out very high speed fibre optic broadband is also a prerequisite for growth in terms of internet usage. Our fibre optic network, which now spans more than 30,000 km, is bringing enhanced connectivity to business and retail customers alike. By our estimates, we have a potential market of 1 million customers in the MEA region who will be connected to fibre optics by 2020.

Improving access to mobile telephony

Faced with an exponential rise in demand for low-cost smartphones and with a view to optimising mobile internet access for all, the Group is committed to the world of smart devices. We offer a comprehensive range of affordable 3G and 4G-compatible devices. This includes the Rise 31, a smartphone tailored to the needs of African users offering a wealth of smartphone innovations for a minimum price of just $40. We are also launching mobile packages that include smartphones, data, voice calls and digital services at accessible prices.Networks have a key role to play in the digital transformation of the African continent. Central to our role as an operator, they confer a strategic advantage a we seek to bring connectivity to as many people as possible, allowing for digital sharing. The challenge for us is to build a reliable, high-quality infrastructure throughout the ever-growing area where we are present.

 

Le Global Network Operation Centre : mutualiser la supervision des réseaux

9

countries

280

network engineers and experts

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million customers served

Fibre optics, the ‘must-have’ for connectivity

Following our 4G rollout, we are now bringing high fixed broadband to business and retail customers in Côte d’Ivoire. A true technological innovation, fibre optics promise Ivorian users bandwidth of between 200 Mbps and 600 Mbps, along with high-quality end-to-end performance. At Orange, we are using fibre optics to help businesses download and share large volumes of data, and Ivorian families to access a new internet and voice call experience. A comprehensive range of services is linked to fibre optic technology: HD TV, on-demand video, VoIP, 3D online gaming, etc.

Orange Rise 31 Special Edition

Orange is partnering with Google to offer services tailored to the African market. we are launching the Orange Rise 31 Special Edition, a new 3G smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, in 10 countries in the MEA region. It is coupled with an affordable data tariff and popular Orange and Google services such as YouTube and Google Search.