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Orange Energies Expands Access to Energy Across Africa with New Digital Platform

Orange Energies has announced the opening of its digital platform, Orange Smart Energies, to all energy producers in Africa. 

The goal is to increase energy inclusion. The platform provides easy, prepaid access to energy through solar kits and smart metres. This IoT platform helps solve profitability challenges faced by energy producers in Africa by reducing the risk of non-payment.

Orange developed the Orange Smart Energies platform and enhanced it in 2021. Now, it’s open to energy producers in Africa and the Middle East. The platform ensures customers can pay for energy via mobile money. 

The business model is a partnership between Orange and energy producers. This partnership allows Orange Energies to offer a digital service and a distribution network. This network makes it easier for people in rural areas to access energy, even in remote locations.

This universal platform is unique. It is the only one on the market that supports both pay-as-you-go solar equipment and prepaid smart metres. 

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Boosting Energy Access

Orange Energies launched in 2017 with a clear ambition. They aim to make energy more accessible by becoming the preferred partner of energy producers in Africa. 

One in two Africans live without electricity. Electricity companies want to improve account receivable collection efficiency, and Orange Energies helps meet these needs. 

Operating in 12 countries, including DRC, Madagascar, and Cameroon, they serve over 300,000 households daily. They continue to expand their customer base and regional coverage across the continent.

Jérôme Hénique, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, emphasised their commitment. He said, “Using digital technology to improve the energy inclusion of African people has been our ambition since day one. By opening up our Orange Smart Energies platform to all energy producers, we are taking a major step forward in our commitment to universal access to energy in Africa and the Middle East.”

Nat-Sy Missamou, Senior Vice President of Orange Energies for Africa and the Middle East, added, “We are working with energy producers to help them sustain their business in African markets. Leveraging existing digital and financial inclusion solutions, our pay-as-you-go service is delivered through a distribution model tailored to African markets”