Orange Business Services, a network-native digital services company, has announced that it will design and build a new data centre to provide cloud services for Egypt’s "New Administrative Capital".
The ACUD project has been designed as a smart sustainable city located 45 km east of Cairo on a greenfield site, covering a total area of 700 sq km mid-way to the seaport city of Suez.
The project will be implemented in collaboration with Orange Egypt, which 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.
According to the plans, it will 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 center will be a cornerstone of the new city.
The services offered by the data center 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 center to host and run smart services for the private sector, as well as citizens of the new city, for five years.
Orange Business Services said the smart city services to be supported comprise traffic management, management of smart utilities, such as electricity, water and gas supply, video surveillance and smart building services.
Sahem Azzam, VP (Middle East, Africa) and Turkey, said: "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 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 center of excellence at our regional headquarters in Dubai," noted Azzam.
"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," he added.
Hisham Marhan, the Chief Enterprise Line of Business Officer, at Orange Egypt said in addition to investing in smart city projects, 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 center is now being built.
"It is expected to be one of the largest centers 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," noted Marhan.
"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.
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