Developing the resources of tomorrow

Digital is the new driver for growth in Africa in fields as diverse as energy, education, healthcare, agriculture, payment and distribution. This digital transformation is essential for the development of the continent and it also offers incredible opportunities to operators such as Orange. Our challenge is to seize these opportunities to secure growth for Orange in Africa and the Middle East.

Bringing electricity to rural areas

Around 90% of the rural population of sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to electricity. To combat the isolation and assist the socioeconomic development of these regions, Orange has launched several pilot projects aimed at bringing electricity to rural areas. By supplying solar kits to remote villages in Cameroon, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, Orange hopes to provide these communities with access to lighting, mobile charging, radio, television, and much more. This “green” energy comes at an affordable price that can be paid with Orange Money.

Tunisia: the first smart electricity meters

Orange is offering “on-demand smart meters” to cut meterreading costs and reduce the risk of fraud. We’ve installed a dedicated infrastructure with a view to securely connecting and managing millions of devices. Since September 2016, we have partnered with Tunisian utilities company STEG (Société Tunisienne de l’Électricité et du Gaz) to install 100 smart meters. When the service is launched commercially, we estimate that nearly 4 million meters could reach homes and business across the region.

E-health: improving access to care

At Orange, we’re doing our part to improve care access and conditions, and to bolster disease prevention by offering innovative solutions in the field of data sharing and transferal. In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, Orange has partnered with UNAIDS and the Ivorian health ministry to develop the m-Tew service, which aims to raise awareness among HIV-positive patients of antiretroviral treatment programmes and how to follow them.

 

m-agriculture services to boost agricultural productivity

Agriculture provides 60% of jobs and is the main source of income for over half of the rural population of sub-Saharan Africa. It is key to the development of the region. For a number of years, ICT has helped to improve productivity and yield. Orange is supporting this change by developing a range of mobile services in the fields of finance, training, information and resource pooling to optimise the productivity, product sales and income of farmers. Orange is also guiding and rewarding innovative startups with the Orange African Social Venture Prize. Since 2011, 20 winners have collectively received €315,000 and enjoyed hundreds of hours of expert support.

 

Sooretul e-commerce for agricultural products

Sooretul is an online store selling items crafted from agricultural products by communities of women in Senegal. While fostering the employment and involvement of women in agricultural structures, Sooretul uses ICT as a catalyst for agricultural development by matching up rural supply with urban demand.