Tuesday , May 30 2023

Orange speeds up the multi-service operator strategy in Africa


Democratize access to digital

In the field of telephony, as in many other countries, Africa jumped on a technological step by moving directly to the mobile phone. The look for the smartphone market is exponential. It is estimated that at least 660 million Africans (compared to 336 million in 2016) should be equipped with a smartphone by 2020[1].

This breakthrough can be explained by several factors in which Orange (v.V.Orange.com) has been fully mobilized: the development of mobile payments (through Orange Monei), the coverage of mobile internet that is developing strongly (14 Orange 4G) and more affordable prices access was provided to the largest number.

At this last point Orange today continues to innovate with the partnership with KaiOS Technologies to democratize digital access in Africa.

At the beginning of 2019, African Orange users will have access to the new category of smartphones under the KaiOS Technologies KaiOS operating system, creating the ecosystem of digital products and services at a very attractive price.

In addition, users will be able to use the Google Digital Assistant – Google Assistant – in French, English and Arabic to help overcome language barriers and literacy.

The first product to be launched will be 3G "smart phone feature" and will follow the version of 4G later this year. These new phones will allow access to applications such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google Search, Google Maps and Google Assistant. These smartphones will have advanced features similar to those on the smartphone at an affordable price.

This offer will be available in almost every country where the Group is present.

Quality online courses available to everyone everywhere

Of all the digital revolutions, what e-learning undoubtedly is one of the most constructive for Africa. Online education will train millions of professionals in which the continent should take control of its development.

Orange, through its "Digital Africa Digital School" program, aims to mobilize its infrastructure, access and expertise to help Africa meet the challenges of training young people, especially in digital professions.

The first partners of this program are the main French institutions, such as CNED (https: //oran.ge/2zRPeng) and the University Institute of Technology, and start-up OpenClassrooms (https: //oran.ge/2OH9Zrv) for computer courses.

Today, Orange announces a new partnership with the Virtual University of Tunisia, a global pioneer of online education that offers all digital lessons for all Tunisian students for more than 10 years. This partnership aims to promote access to their courses and training in countries in Africa where Orange is present. A similar partnership will be signed in December with a virtual university in Senegal, another African reference in online training.

Identifying, supporting and supporting African start-ups

For 8Th next year Orange will be presented at the AfricaCom Awards, Orange Award for Social Entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East "(Https: //oran.ge/2PVUZut) The aim of this competition is to reward the best African startup projects that improve the living conditions of the local population through digital technologies in areas such as education, health, agriculture, mobile phone payments or further sustainable development.

The competition, which is held in two phases, was held in 17 countries where Orange is present. Initially, from 1,304 received applications, 49 innovative projects appeared as winners and winners in the respective country. Then 10 projects were selected that were presented to an international jury made up of professionals, investors and institutions.

On Wednesday, November 14, three winners of this edition will be announced in 2018. Winners will be entitled to indebtedness, as well as support for the development of their projects. Contents of the special price, 4e an international laureate, will be presented at the same time.

To discover the projects awarded this year: Social Entrepreneur 2018 (https: //oran.ge/2T9Iomg)

Orange is present in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 119 million users (in K3 2018). With a revenue of 5 billion euros in 2017, this area is a strategic priority for the Group. Orange Monei, its money transfer and mobile money services available in 17 countries, has 40.2 million customers. Orange, the multiservice operator, the leading partner in digital transformation, brings its knowledge and support for the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

Orange is present at AfricaCom at the stand – Connectiviti Hall – stands D1A – D1B – D2A

[1] According to a study by Deloitte

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About Orange

Orange (v.v.Orange.com) is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, with sales of 41 billion euros in 2017 and 150,000 employees on September 30, 2018, of which 92,000 are in France. The Group has served 261 million customers around the world since September 30, 2018, including 201 million mobile users and 20 million fixed broadband customers. The group is present in 28 countries. Orange is also one of the world leaders in telecommunication services of multinational companies under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new Strategic Plan "Essentials2020", which with its customer experience represents the heart of its strategy, so that they can fully utilize the digital world and the power of its very high speeds. .

Orange is listed on Euronekt Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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