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French telecom giant Orange has launched its brand in Liberia in West Africa. From now on, Cellcom Liberia becomes Orange Liberia. The acquisition of the Liberian operator Cellcom was finalized by Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, on 6 April 2016, allowing the Group to reinforce its presence in West Africa.
In line with its Essentials2020 strategic plan, Orange has built up a considerable presence in this region, which offers strong growth potential and is a strategic priority for the Group’s development.
Following this rebranding, Orange Liberia will join one of the world’s most powerful telecom brands and stands to benefit from being part of a large international group. Orange will work to further strengthen the operator’s established network and enhance customer service in Liberia.
With over 1.6 million customers at the end of February 2017, Orange Liberia is the leading mobile operator in Liberia in terms of customers. Founded in 2004, the mobile operator has been a driving force in democratizing access to telecommunication services across the country, despite difficult market conditions.
It has always been a precursor in terms of network deployment and in 2012 was the first operator in Liberia to launch 3G (HSPA+) services following by 4G-LTE services in 2016. Orange will pursue this strategy and will continue to invest in the development of its network where the company is already a market leader.
With a population of 4.6 million people and relatively low mobile penetration rate (70% of the population) the country has a high growth potential for Orange. To support this development, the Group will work to reinforce the quality of access in several areas:
- Investing in network expansion. For example, the construction of 39 sites in 2016 and 65 additional sites planned for 2017. Part of the plan is to accelerate broadband deployment and to expand 4G penetration across the country.
- Strongly enhancing Internet quality by providing access to the Group’s submarine and international cable networks. Orange Liberia will benefit from two additional secure connection points in Abidjan and Paris that will multiply network capacity by four.
“With this new presence in Liberia, Orange extends its footprint in West Africa. The launch of the Orange brand confirms our confidence in the country’s ongoing economic recovery and our commitment to bring all the benefits of new digital services to Liberians,” said Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group and Chairman and CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa.
Mamadou Coulibaly, CEO of Orange Liberia, added: “Even in 2017, an important part of the Liberian population is still waiting for basic telecom services. We will invest significantly in network roll-out across the entire country, develop e-recharge in order to ease the constraints of scratch-cards loading, launch Orange Money, a new robust platform to boost mobile banking services in the country. We will as well introduce new highly competitive offers and low cost Smartphones in order to boost digital inclusion. We intend to position Orange Liberia by 2020 as a true catalyst for the digitization of Liberian society”.
Orange is present in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where it has more than 120 million customers. With 5.2 billion euros in revenues in 2016 (12% of the total), this region is a strategic priority for the Group. Orange Money, its flagship offer for money transfers and mobile financial services, is currently available in 17 countries and has more than 31 million customers.
Orange is working with Facebook and Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a global engineering focused initiative that aims to transform the traditional approach to building and deploying telecoms network infrastructure, to support startups focused on network infrastructure innovation by launching a new “Telecom Track” as part of its Orange Fab accelerator program in France.
This partnership will look to pursue the best innovations and talent within the sector, and provide startups with support and counsel from experts at Orange, TIP and Facebook – while facilitating networking and internal and external investment opportunities.
The project will be managed through Orange Fab France, Orange’s accelerator program for startups at Orange Gardens, an eco-campus in Paris devoted completely to research and innovation. Engaging directly with leading experts from within Orange and its partners, startups will be able to work with the Group on tackling a number of network-related issues, ranging from network management to new access technologies, across a number of regions.
The startups will receive all of the current benefits as part of the existing Orange Fab program, in which they will participate in dedicated workshops, mentoring sessions with experienced specialists, receive an optional €15,000 in funding, and have access to work space at the Orange Gardens, where the Group’s research and innovation teams are based.
In addition to drawing upon the global Orange Fab network, the startups will have access to experts from the TIP community, TEAC, and Facebook. This framework will help them connect to innovation teams, investment partners, and venture capitalists who can provide additional expertise and potential funding in order to launch new products and services.
The call for projects has opened today and candidates will have until 14th May 2017 to submit entries. After three weeks, a number of startups will be selected to join the acceleration program, followed by the opportunity to present at an Orange launch event in June attended by Orange, TIP and Facebook executives, and partners and venture capitalists. Further along the acceleration process, the selected startups will be invited to pitch at a TEAC event being held in San Francisco at the end of the year.
“As part of our network evolution towards 5G and future technologies, there is a huge opportunity to innovate at the network level, and a need to support the bright minds and talents that will keep pushing telecoms innovation forward,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice-President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.
“We believe that with our partnership with Facebook and the opening of the new Telecom Track, we are able to encourage and support this community of startups, which has the ability to really disrupt this space and develop new innovation within telecoms.”
“Facebook is looking forward to working with Orange and TIP to support this start-up accelerator,” said Jay Parikh, Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Facebook. “Working together, we hope to help identify and support telecoms network infrastructure innovation while helping pave the way for future breakthroughs.”
Added commitment from Orange Digital Ventures
In order to further accelerate the scaling of the participating startups, Orange Digital Ventures will support this new “Telecom Track” and provide fundraising guidance and Venture Capital networking opportunities through its investors’ alliances. Orange Digital Ventures is already actively contributing to transforming the Telecom landscape through its portfolio of investments, and will potentially invest in the participating startups.
French telecom giant Orange Group recently launched its brand in Burkina Faso in West Africa. Less than one year after the closing of the Group’s acquisition of Airtel, together with Orange Côte d’Ivoire, the announcement demonstrates Orange’s ambitions for the West African market.
Orange will pursue its development in mobile financial services and 3.75G mobile Internet, where it was the first operator to launch and is today the uncontested leader in Burkina Faso. Its Orange Money solution for international transfers will be further expanded in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
The expansion of its optical fibre network will contribute to increasing its brand awareness as the leading provider of Internet access and connectivity to enterprises. Thanks to an ambitious network modernization plan and the strength of its parent company’s innovation capability, Orange Burkina Faso will bring an incomparable customer experience to its 6.3 million subscribers.
Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange group and Chairman and CEO of Orange MEA (Middle East and Africa), commented: “It is a great honor for the Orange group to inaugurate its presence in Burkina Faso at a time when the country is resolutely engaged in a vast economic development program. The arrival of the Orange brand testifies to our commitment to providing the benefits of the digital ecosystem to the entire population of Burkina Faso.”
Ben Cheick Haidara, CEO of Orange in Burkina Faso, added: “Today, customers in Burkina Faso are more demanding and the way they use digital services has evolved; we are at a decisive turning point in the development of the telecoms market. Our ambition is to continue the work accomplished in recent years in the mobile money and mobile Internet fields to make Orange the leading partner for Burkina Faso’s digital transformation.”
Orange is present in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where it has more than 120 million customers. With 5.2 billion euros in revenues in 2016 (12% of the total), this region is a strategic priority for the Group. Orange Money, its flagship offer for money transfers and mobile financial services is currently available in 17 countries and has more than 30 million customers.
French telecoms giant Orange has primarily chosen LTE-M to be progressively deployed on its 4G networks in Europe, starting with Belgium and Spain this year before the rest of the Group's European footprint.
This versatile and cost-effective technology is seen by Orange to support the broadest of uses, connecting - in a secure and scalable way - a wide variety of IoT devices, from smart utility meters, asset monitoring trackers, vending machines and alarm systems to fleets of vehicles, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables. It also offers rapid deployment involving a simple software upgrade to the Group's existing global 4G network.
The group is also launching new LTE-M pilots this year, amongst them one on smart electric metering (to remotely control power consumption and adapt user subscriptions); and another on wearables (to measure individual movement, positioning, temperature or other health-related information). For those pilots, Orange is working closely with leading LTE-M chipset manufacturers: Altair Semiconductor, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Sequans as well as various network equipment vendors.
Orange is cementing its commitment to develop the IoT ecosystem with Europe's first LTE-M Open IoT Lab, designed to boost the ecosystem around the Mobile Internet of Things. It is the first of its kind in Europe based on LTE-M technology and is to be launched under the GSMA Mobile IoT initiative.
Available from 1April, the Open IoT Lab is located at Orange Gardens, the Group's innovation campus in Chatillon, France, and is designed to support partners wishing to accelerate the development of LTE-M devices with access to: an IoT Starter Kit; network equipment to test performance, low data rate, coverage extension and energy optimisation features; its IoT & Analytics platform, a key component of the Orange Datavenue IoT solution; and Orange technical experts, designers and marketers to benefit from the Group's go to market ability in industries such as smart cities & territories, automotive & transportation, industry & manufacturing, healthcare and smart home.
The Open IoT Lab also allows partners willing to evaluate how their product or service performs over LTE-M or LoRa technologies as two complementary IoT solutions.
"Futureproof, secured and reliable connectivity is a key pillar of Orange's IoT strategy. By working together with IoT partners, device manufacturers and innovators, we can accelerate the development of the LTE-M technology end-to-end chain, and therefore advance towards the future of the Internet of Things," said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.
This LTE-M announcement comes as a new illustration of Orange's investment strategy on LPWA, which started with the opening of a LoRa network in early 2016 in France, now providing indoor or deep indoor coverage in more than 2,000 towns, cities or industrial sites. The Orange LoRa solution serves more than 60 live B2B projects, in numerous verticals such as smart cities, smart building, parking, smart home, industry, supply chain, tracking, and agriculture, and enables Orange and its B2B customers to quickly gain in experience on LPWA benefits.
The Orange LoRa end to end solution will be extended worldwide in July 2017 as an Orange Business Services offer to provide focused coverage on cities, harbours, or industrial sites. To meet all of its customers' needs, Orange also continues testing and evaluating other Mobile IoT technologies, as well as preparing for 5G.
French telecom operator Bouygues announced it has bounced back after a loss of 59 million euros in 2015. The telco said it had gained one million new mobile phone customers in 2016, which has allowed the company to return to profit, with its one million new customers pushing its client base to 13 million at the end of December 2016.
“The positive commercial and financial results of Bouygues Telecom in 2016 confirm its strategic choices,” said chairman Martin Bouygues in a statement.
The company’s overall profits were affected by the 84 million euros that it had to pay to share its network with fellow French operator SFR which outweighed the 104 million capital gain Bouygues made from the sale of telecom masts to Spain’s Cellnex.
Bouygues, France’s third largest operator, said some two thirds of its customers have adopted 4G technology with a monthly data use of 4.2 gigaoctects (Go) per month on average, against 2.4 a year earlier. Bouygues joins France’s leading operator, Orange, which also reported a net profit growing nearly 11 percent to 2.93 billion euros in 2016.
Orange’s profits were boosted by a one-off gain of 4.5 billion euros from the sale of just over four percent in British operator EE. It was the first year that Orange, since 2008, has managed a rise in both its sales and Ebitda, said Orange Finance Director, Ramon Fernandez.
Overall, the French market declined by 0.9 percent as income from roaming charges dropped. The rest of Europe saw sales up 5.8 percent, mostly due to operations in Spain where turnover rose by 17.9 percent.
Orange had 201.7 million mobile phone customers worldwide at the end of 2016, up 0.9 percent from the previous year mostly thanks to gains in France and the rest of Europe. Meanwhile, Bouygues group, Bouygues Telecom's parent, reported net profit of 732 million euros for 2016, up from 403 million in 2015 and well ahead of analyst expectations.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium announced the completion of the 20,000-kilometer subsea cable infrastructure developed by a 16-nation consortium. The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable’s advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).
Eric Handa, CEO of APTelecom said in a recent industry discussion regarding new submarine fiber systems: “With the advent of increased telecommunication needs in the emerging markets, in particular the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the SEA-WE-ME 5 cable system will enable and support the tele-density increases and overall growth aspects of video, voice, data, and advanced technologies for the Gulf State communities, as well as ASEAN.”
It seems like only yesterday when Singtel completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable at Tuas, Singapore, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of 2016.
Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel recently said: “As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. It will further boost the digital economy as it is ready to meet the anticipated data traffic of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, analytics and cloud services.”
“With our data centers in Singapore, our global customers can gain access to an enhanced network for managed services and cyber security solutions. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable is a significant communications backbone that reinforces Singapore’s position as a global business and info communications hub.”
“The completion of the SE-ME-WE 5 project is a landmark system upgrade for all data users worldwide. This system facilitates a new age of digital transformation and innovation, catalyzing greater economic activities, trade and growth across three continents,” noted Linette Lee, Chairperson, SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Management Committee. “I would like to thank all the members of the consortium for their unstinting support and commitment toward this project. Together, we collaborated across different time zones and overcame numerous challenges to achieve the complex integration of technologies as promised and on time.”
Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Cable consortium include:
Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA).
Swedish telecom vendor Ericsson, French operator Orange and French automobile manufacturer PSA Group, have signed a partnership agreement to conduct a 5G technology pilot project for automotive applications. The “Towards 5G” connected car partnership aims to leverage 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport systems (ITS), improve road safety, and enable new automotive and in-car services.
The partnership is focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture, as well as the technologies required to deploy real-time ITS and connected vehicle services. Initial tests will use an end-to-end architecture system based on LTE technology before evolving to LTE-V and 5G technologies.
The first use cases for Cooperative ITS have been defined and are currently being tested. These include the ability to share images between connected vehicles on a road so that the driver in the following vehicle can “see through” the vehicle ahead; and real-time notification that an emergency vehicle is approaching.
Further testing will be conducted in 2017 as part of this research initiative. The “Towards 5G” connected car initiative is an important opportunity for the three partners to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges posed by new mobility services and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Ericsson provides the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service. Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases. PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.
As a result of their collaboration, the partners will develop a comprehensive experience of the requirements for a 5G infrastructure that fits to the needs of the connected vehicles industry. They will also identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.
“Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalized services in their vehicles,” said Carla Gohin, Research, Innovation and Advanced Technologies VP, PSA Group.
“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board systems software permanently up-to-date. By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.
French telecom giant Orange SA is reportedly in early talks to buy into Iran's biggest cellular network operator. A deal such as this could make history as the first time a Western firm has acquired a significant holding in a major Iranian company since Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program last year in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, August 30, that Orange, which is part owned by the French government, is one of several European companies that have explored the potential of getting a stake in Mobile Telecommunication Co. of Iran, or MCI, the Journal said, citing people close to the matter.
AFP reported that Orange would need to coax financing for a deal out of Western Banks likely to be wary of tripping over U.S. sanctions. The Journal report mentioned that Orange would have to cleverly handle the fact that MCI's parent company, Telecommunication Co. of Iran, is owned by a group of companies that in some cases lead back to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps; a paramilitary force that runs large swaths of the Iranian economy and remains under U.S. sanctions for its alleged involvement in terrorism.
"We are conducting feasibility studies to understand and assess what's possible in this complex environment, particularly with regards to certain economic sanctions that apply to Iran," a spokesman for Orange told the Journal.
France originally took a tough stance against Iran's nuclear program, but has moved to position French companies to take advantage of January's lifting of Western sanctions, according to the report. MCI has a market value of more than $4 billion on the Tehran stock exchange. Orange has yet to make a formal offer for a stake of any size, and the companies were first expected to complete a commercial agreement to build trust between the two sides, according to the Journal.
Orange and Nokia have achieved the world's first optical transmission of 250 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) per wavelength over 870km through Orange Poland's existing network infrastructure. This milestone was reached when a six-carrier 1.5 Terabits per second (Tb/s) superchannel occupying a bandwidth of 300GHz was transmitted between Warsaw and Wroclaw over standard single mode fibre.
The trial demonstrates how Orange Poland can stay ahead of surging bandwidth demand as cloud networking continues to grow. Optical systems typically achieve maximum transmission capacity over short distances and lower capacity across long distances. This trial demonstrated how capacity and distance can be improved in tandem using Nokia technology, resulting in a 250% increase in bandwidth over commonly deployed 100Gb/s networks using the same amount of spectrum.
"At Nokia we continue to push the limits of optical technology with our customers. The massive bandwidth demands brought on by cloud networking - and the anticipated continued growth of that demand - means we never stop innovating,” said Sam Bucci, head of Nokia's Optical business. “Our recently announced photonic engine, the PSE2, and our 500G muxponder, in combination with Orange's talented engineers and rock solid network infrastructure, made this technical feat possible. We're proud of this accomplishment and look forward to more innovation as the telco cloud network takes hold."
The 1.5Tb/s superchannel is based on six carriers of 250Gb/s capacity each. With electrical speed 30% faster than current technology, the capacity is maximized while the channel spacing remains aligned with the 50 GHz ITU-T grid. The field trial used an 870km fibre link with flexible grid infrastructure and standard erbium-doped fibre amplification applied to 20dB spans of standard single mode fibre. The size of the superchannel and its 50GHz spacing between channels, which is the same as existing 100Gb/s channels, will ease network planning and operation.
Orange and Nokia also demonstrated with a real-time transponder a record spectral efficiency of 5 bits/Hz with 250Gb/s in 50GHz over 870km by using 16QAM modulation format. The new optical link could transmit up to 24Tb/s of traffic in total if 96 channels amplifiers were used.
"This ground-breaking milestone will be the basis for faster networks and a better user experience for our customers,” said Christian Gacon, Vice President in charge of Orange's transport networks. “Bandwidth demands are continuing to skyrocket, but we also need to keep our infrastructure costs in check. Reaching these new heights in optical transmission proves we can meet bandwidth demand while maintaining the lowest cost per bit so our business can continue to flourish."
Orange announced the launch of the Orange brand in Egypt; the Orange brand has replaced the Mobinil brand. Egypt is the latest subsidiary of the Orange Group to adopt the Orange brand and is the Group's largest operation in terms of customer numbers (33.4 million customers at the end of December 2015) and contributes over 27% of its revenues for the Middle East and Africa region.