Orange Egypt has announced the status of the first phase of the organisation’s New Administrative Capital (NAC) data centre, which has been scheduled to be completed by June 2022.
Chief Enterprise Line Business Officer at Orange Egypt, Hisham Mahran, noted that the new infrastructure which has been scheduled to host the NAC smart city platforms as well as protect and ensure data security is being built by Orange Business Services, an Orange Group subsidiary which specialises in providing telecommunications and IT services to businesses.
This announcement comes two years after Orange signed a US$135 million agreement with the owner and developer of Egypt’s New Administrative Capital project, Administrative Capital For Urban Development (ACUD). The agreement between the two organisations states that Orange will build 45 kilometres from Cairo, Africa’s largest data centre in the New Administrative Capital.
According to the agreement, the data centre will be managed by Orange Egypt for five years after its completion, which will enable the Administrative Capital For Urban Development to provide enhanced services such as utility management and smart traffic. The data centre will also allow the provision of innovative services, including Triple Play services (Internet – fixed phone – TV) for residents and on-demand self-services for businesses.
Orange Egypt says that this move is in line with the company’s broader strategy to make NAC the largest smart city worldwide. They have also stated that the organisations seek to form joint ventures with more entities to incorporate these management centres and smart utilities into services on-site, namely electricity and communication systems.