09 Feb 2021

Orange Business Services to provide cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt’s newest smart city

Orange Business Services to provide cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt’s newest smart city

Orange Business Centre has been selected as the master system integrator to deliver a new data centre, offering critical cloud and smart services

Orange Business Services has been given the green light to design and build a new data centre to provide cloud services for Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital'.

The ambitious project will be implemented in collaboration with Orange Egypt, who will supply the required infrastructure and services, following their appointment as the project’s prime contractor.

Located 45kms east of Cairo, Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital' has been designed as a smart, sustainable. The greenfield site will cover a total area of 700 square kilometres and, according to plans, will become the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt, housing the main government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies.

At its peak, the new smart city will have an estimated population of around eight million people.

“Orange has provided many services to the smart city sector through various partnerships -- the most prominent of which is the New Administrative Capital, where the new data centre is now being built. It is expected to be one of the largest centres in the Arab world and Africa, with investments of more than $135 million, and aims to enhance data and host all smart city platforms of the Administrative Capital in a secure and integrated way,” said Hisham Marhan, Orange Egypt Chief Enterprise Line of Business Officer.

“What gave Orange the edge is the expertise, as well as  the local and international teams it possess that qualify it to provide these services with high efficiency, as well as to manage and operate these projects in accordance with international standards,” he added.

As part of the project, Orange Business Services will leverage its 20 years of experience in delivering critical cloud services across the globe. It will also apply its global and regional expertise in the design, build and construction of smart city networks, developed through its smart city centre of excellence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“Orange Business Services is especially pleased to be selected as the trusted digital partner to this visionary and transformational project. Cairo is not only one of the oldest and greatest cities of antiquity, but it is also the largest city in North Africa. We have built extensive experience in the development of major smart city projects across the Middle East and especially in the GCC, through our smart city centre of excellence at our regional headquarters in Dubai. Orange has operated in Egypt for decades and our knowledge and understanding of the environment will allow us to fully adapt the design of the infrastructure to the needs of the new city,” said Sahem Azzam, Vice President Middle East, Africa and Turkey for Orange Business Services.

The services offered by the data centre are planned to start on schedule, in the first half of 2021. Once implemented, Orange Egypt will also manage and operate the new data centre to host and run smart services for the private sector, as well as citizens of the new city, for five years.

Source: ITP

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