Orange Business Services is collaborating with Orange Egypt to design and build a new data centre to provide cloud services for Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital'.
Orange Egypt will supply the required infrastructure and services, following their appointment as the project’s prime contractor by Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) – owner and developer of the New Administrative Capital.
The ACUD project has been designed as a smart sustainable city located 45 kilometres east of Cairo on a greenfield site mid-way to the seaport city of Suez. Covering a total area of 700 square kilometres (270 square miles), the city is planned to become become the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt, housing the main government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies, with a population of around eight million people.
ACUD has defined a master plan for the smart sustainable city based on five main pillars: safety, connectivity, integration, digitalization, and replicability. The ICT strategy is an essential component in the fulfillment of ACUD’s vision, and the new fully secured data centre will be a cornerstone of the new city.
The services offered by the data centre are planned to start on schedule, in the first half of 2021, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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. The smart city services to be supported include traffic management, management of smart utilities, such as electricity, water and gas supply, video surveillance and smart building services. Also included are innovative solutions, such as cloud-on-demand for companies and triple-play services for residents.
Orange has substantial expertise as a master systems integrator and provides this with the convenience of a single team and a ‘one-stop shop approach’. 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.
“Cairo is not only one of the oldest and greatest cities of antiquity, but it is also the largest city in North Africa. 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.
“In addition to investing in smart city projects, Orange also 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.