Ayman Amiri — Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Orange Egypt — said that the company has completed the implementation and construction of 91% of the 750 mobile stations planned for this year as part of the company’s plan to increase the level of quality of its services. .
Amiri said in an interview with Daily News Egypt that 85% of the 8,500 mobile phone stations support 4G technologies.
Does the company currently need additional frequencies to improve its services?
The company received a new frequency package in the first quarter (1Q) of this year with a width of 30 MHz in the frequency band of 2600 MHz from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA); The new frequencies cost $440m.
This reform is expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of information services provided in the Egyptian market, including voice services and data transfer according to high standards.
How many towers has the company ordered to build this year? Where are they? How many towers have been completed so far?
We are working on setting up the largest number of towers and stations across the country to include more than 750 new stations to provide 2G, 3G, and 4G services by 2022.
More than 91% were completed by the end of October this year. Orange is working to expand across the state and focus on Egypt and the Delta regions, in addition to cities and roads, to increase the level of quality of service there .
Feel like creating a new design for the towers?
There is a constant change in the shape of the towers, apart from the traditional towers. Towers shaped like palm trees are designed to match the beauty of some places and areas, and other types of towers are designed like lampposts, billboards and flags. Other designs are being considered for use in the New Administrative Capital (NAC).
Work is also underway to create a new form fully prepared for enrollment in some areas of the NAC to be distributed among the four Egyptian service providers.
How many stations does Orange have and what are your expansion plans to increase the number of mobile stations?
The total number of Orange stations exceeds 8,500 stations, and 85% of all stations support 4G technology services.
In addition, 750 new mobile stations have been set up to provide services for the second, third and fourth generation communications until the end of 2022.
For the increase in the number of mobile stations, Orange’s network coverage is distributed throughout the republic, and there are areas in new areas, and others where we have increased capacity and efficiency.
In the coming times, the company will focus on villages and settlements in the Delta and Upper Egypt. We plan to empower them with networks and data transfer services. We are also considering areas with a population of over 5,000. We are also planning to increase the capacity of the stations in some provinces, such as Cairo, Alexandria, and places like the North.
What about the company’s plan to switch to clean energy?
Orange wants to complete its integrated strategy to eliminate carbon emissions, which was started in 2015 to achieve “carbon neutrality.” The global Orange group set an ambitious goal to reach this goal by 2040, and from then on, the process of assessing the position of the group and all subsidiaries throughout the world. Egypt is usually on the group’s international priorities, because it is the largest market for the number of subscribers.
Orange Egypt has invested EGP 500m in the last two years to reduce carbon emissions in some of its core operations by 50% and save energy consumption by more than 40 %.
The company has also been able to operate several towers and stations that rely on solar energy by 100% and also convert hundreds of other sites to work with hybrid energy through introduce new generators that reduce the use of diesel and lithium battery costs.
This has reduced the number of custom builders by over 55%. In addition, advanced technologies have allowed us to completely stop using air conditioners and replace them with cooling methods to reduce carbon emissions by up to 40% in a single station by 40 million kilowatts for the stations, in addition to saving electricity in the network of about 21,000 MW hours in the last two years.