Orange Côte d’Ivoire has opened its Orange 5G Lab, devoted to digital professionals, start-ups, and businesses.
The 5G network roll-out across Côte d’Ivoire is scheduled for 2023, Orange says the lab will provide local businesses with a new collaborative space that is fully equipped and dedicated to practical applications.
The 5G lab offers services and support to economic players devised with expert partners such as Huawei, Nokia or ZTE. The site will host a 5G demo space for different business sectors, conferences, training, co-working sessions, co-innovation and practical 5G application sessions.
“We recognize that 5G is a new opportunity for businesses eager to diversify, optimize or revitalize their activity. To support them, it is crucial that this space offers ready-to-use tools and allows the results of these experiments to be assessed in a practical fashion. This initiative reflects our historic commitment to digital inclusion. We aim to foster innovation and help create value within the local ecosystem,” Mamadou Bamba, CEO of Orange Côte d’Ivoire said.
Jérôme Hénique, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa (OMEA) stated: “Like the Orange Digital Center opened last year, the Orange 5G Lab will allow faster adoption of this technology by local businesses. They will not only be able to benefit from the expertise and tools available here, in Abidjan, but they will also have access to feedback from more than 1,500 businesses and local authorities that have had access to an Orange 5G Lab worldwide – including 127 that have already been able to set up testing based around their own practical examples.”
“As a leader in the telecommunications sector and a key player in technology innovation, the Orange Group welcomes this new Orange 5G Lab in West Africa. It confirms our local influence and commitment to encouraging digital uses requiring high-speed internet, notably for start-ups and businesses. Orange has already opened 15 Orange 5G Labs, including 2 in Africa, and it will continue to drive this initiative throughout the Group’s footprint,” Christel Heydemann, CEO of the Orange Group said.
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