Orange is finally launching its brand-new fibre backbone network in West Africa, comprising both terrestrial and subsea infrastructure to dramatically boost connectivity in the region.
TechEconomy.ng recalls that Orange announced the project at last year’s year’s AfricaCom event in Cape Town.
Around July 2020, the Company also tweeted about the project:
Have you heard of the Djoliba #Network?
Our Head of Wholesale Data Strategy, Pierre Smith, gives a closer look at Orange's West African Backbone:
🔸WHAT it is
🔸WHO it will benefit
For more on our activity in the region➡️ https://t.co/M3gK1s0P1s #Connectivity #wholesale pic.twitter.com/DWGH3sLIhq
— Orange IC (@OrangeIC) June 17, 2020
Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 124 million customers at 30 June 2020.
The Orange’s new backbone network would connect the West African cities of Dakar (Senegal), Bamako (Mali), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), and Lagos (Nigeria).
Orange will offer international stakeholders access to its extensive solutions portfolio: hosting, OP transit, mobile data services (IPX), voice services, security, content delivery networks.
The Chairman and CEO of Orange, Stéphane Richard; the CEO Orange Middle East and Africa, Alioune Ndiaye; CEO Orange Wholesale & International Networks, Jérôme Barre; the CEO for Orange Côte d’Ivoire, Mamadou Bamba & the CEO for Sonatel Group, Sékou Drame, are among dignitaries expected at the official launch of Djoliba, the 1st pan African Fiber optic network developed by Orange Middle East and Africa by next month (November 2020).
With 5.6 billion euros of revenues in 2019 and with an average annual growth rate of 6%, Orange MEA is the first growth area in the Orange group.
Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer is available in 17 countries and has 54 million customers.
Orange, multi-services operator, key partner of the digital transformation provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42 billion euros in 2019 and 143,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2020, including 84,000 employees in France.
The Group has a total customer base of 253 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2020, including 208 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers.
The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.
In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model.
While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.
Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).