The next African frontier: creating a seamless connected experience with the new Djoliba network
From connected to digital cutomers
West Africa is a region enjoying incredible growth, leading other Africa regions in terms of mobile internet. With over 40% of its population under 18 years old, the West African youth owning mobile phone for the first time will drive growth, not only in terms of number of subscribers, but more importantly in terms of data-centric service usage such as content, video-streaming and gaming.
In addition, the region’s proliferation of smartphones, coupled with a gain in traction of 4G, will contribute to the accelerating demand for data, quality and connectivity. As per GSMA’s forecasts, it is expected that the mobile data traffic will grow seven-fold across the wider sub-Saharan region by 2024, to reach 8.5GB per subscriber per month.
But more importantly, West Africa is also a region in full digital transition. With innovation centre of excellences popping up all over the place, with Fintech start-ups addressing the financial inclusion gap, and with a growing number of enterprises offering services over digital mobile platforms, the requirement for seamless, high quality and secured connectivity is exploding.
As a result, the days of best effort network connectivity in Africa are fast becoming a thing of the past. What operators are expected to deliver now is a simple, seamless, high quality and secured connected pan-regional digital fabric.
A secured intra-African network
Up to now, non-secure, noncoordinated connectivity was what African customers were thankful for. Merely getting connectivity was a result in many cases and customers had to live with the fact that they were responsible for creating their own end-to-end network. This often with no redundancy or security.
But things are rapidly changing. Connectivity-critical solutions around banking, health, as well as customers wanting to be connected at all time, is forcing operators to transform the way they deliver network services. Now customers not only expect end-to-end pan-regional connectivity, but they want it through a single point of contact, coupled with Quality of Service and redundancy. It is all about operational simplicity and secure connectivity, all the time.
Not a small order in a region as intricate as Western Africa.
Orange’s West African Backbone Djoliba
Most carriers can connect a single circuit or customer, but not many can create a seamless connected experience. Orange, through its upcoming West African Backbone network, to be launched in the second quarter of 2020, is doing just that.
Orange’s dedicated Tier-1 fully redundant West African network Djoliba, will initially connect its 16 PoPs in 8 countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal) to its existing 85 worldwide IP POPs-with more to come in the near future.
This seamlessly connected fabric is delivered over a fully redundant 10,000 km terrestrial backbone and provides access to a 450,000 km submarine network, connected to both Europe and South Africa.
Orange’s unique offer, provides an end-to-end solution, delivered through a single network, and a single operational and support point of contact. Through its single one-click provisioning, customers will have access to Orange’s high quality International Private Lines (transmission up to 100G) and Ethernet Private Lines up to 10G (at the start of the network; capacities will grow with demand). The West African Backbone will also be key to the development of extended, secure B2B offers as well as mobile data, IPX and CDN solutions going forward.