TechInAfrica — Orange, the biggest global telecommunications operator, has received the TelecomLead.com Innovation Leaders 2019 award for opening Orange Digital Center. It is an innovative business concept to support technology startups in Africa and the Middle East.
Orange provides a wide range of activities as a support system for startups and offers training to young people of Africa. It has four strategic programs that aim at particular types of individuals, such as the coding school, the FabLab Solidaire, Orange Fab, and Orange Digital Ventures Africa.
TelecomLead.com is a news and intelligence platform for decision-makers in the telecom industry. TelecomLead.com Innovation Leaders 2019, entering its second year of the annual awards, is a recognition for the contribution towards innovation in the telecom industry.
The award will evaluate innovation, product development and impact on customers such as telecom operators, telecom equipment companies, chipset companies, phone makers, and end consumers including mobile and enterprise customers.
In 2018, it announced the winners of TelecomLead.com Innovation Leaders 2018 recognizing several global innovative companies after receiving hundreds of nominations.
This year’s winner, Orange, will have Orange Digital Centres in Tunisia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Jordan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone in 2019. Orange Digital Centres will also reach Morocco, Egypt and the rest of the countries in the Middle East and Africa region in 2020.
Alioune Ndiaye, chief executive officer of Orange Middle East and Africa, is the person behind the Orange Digital Centres initiative.
A company representative says, “As Orange continues to build on the Orange Digital Centre, its expanding network will allow the exchange of experience and expertise between the beneficiaries to address international markets.”
Up to the present, Orange operates in 19 African and Middle Eastern countries and has 120 million customers as of the end of 2018 and generated revenues of 5.2 billion euros in 2018.