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Orange Opens First Space for 5G Experiments and Discoveries in Côte d’Ivoire

Orange Côte d’Ivoire opens its Orange 5G Lab dedicated to companies, start-ups and digital professionals. This ceremony took place on Tuesday, September 20 at the Deux Plateaux Smart Store (Cocody, Abidjan) in the presence of Mr. Amadou Coulibaly, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Government Spokesperson, Ms. Christelle Heidemann, CEO of Orange. Group; Mr. Aliune Ndiaye, Chairman of Orange Africa and Middle East; Mr. Jérôme Enick, Managing Director of Orange in Africa and the Middle East, and Mr. Mamadou Bamba, Managing Director of Orange Côte d’Ivoire.

While the 5G network rollout has been announced for 2023 throughout Ivory Coast, Orange Côte d’Ivoire is looking forward by providing Ivorian companies with a new collaboration space, fully equipped and dedicated to its specific application. Orange 5G Lab Abidjan is a service and support offering for economic operators developed with experienced partners such as Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE. The Orange 5G Lab device, free and customized, rotates around two axes:

Help economic players learn about new opportunities for using 5G and how it can positively impact their operations.
Support innovative companies with the help of our 5G experts who want to test the potential of 5G for their product or service.
This venue will provide space for showcasing 5G use cases from different sectors, conferences, training sessions, co-working spaces, collaborative innovation, and 5G practice sessions.

“We understand that 5G represents a new opportunity for companies looking to diversify, streamline or boost their operations. To support them, it is important that this space offers ready-made tools and allows practical evaluation of the results of these experiments. This initiative is in line with our historic commitment to digital. Encouraging innovation and participating in value creation within the local ecosystem are our goals,” says Mamadou Bamba, Managing Director of Orange Côte d’Ivoire.

Jérôme Enick, Managing Director of Orange Africa and Middle East (OMEA), explains: “Like the Orange Digital Center opened a year ago, the Orange 5G Lab will help accelerate the adoption of this technology by companies in Ivory Coast. Not only will they benefit from the experience and tools implemented here in Abidjan, but they will also have access to feedback from over 1,500 companies and communities that have had access to the Orange 5G Lab around the world. of which 127 have already been able to implement an experiment based on their own practical cases.”

Christel Heidemann, CEO of the Orange Group: “We are a leader in telecommunications and digital technology, so innovation is key to our company. That’s why I’m so excited to open this new Orange 5G lab, the fifteenth in the Orange Group and the second in West Africa! We will also continue to expand this system in the countries where Orange operates as it reaffirms our local roots and our commitment to digital wherever we are present. »

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