Orange selects Parallel Wireless for OpenRAN

17 Jul 2020

Parallel Wireless has announced that, in partnership with i engineering Group, it has been selected by Orange to extend its network coverage in the Central African Republic using OpenRAN technology, as part of Orange’s multi-country IDEAL (Include Digital in Every African Life) initiative to provide affordable digital services to customers in Africa who currently lack connectivity. Parallel Wireless will provide a cost-effect way to deploy scalable coverage and capacity by enabling a shift to software-based OpenRAN network architectures.

Herve Suquet, CTIO of Orange Middle East & Africa, said: ‘Thanks to this technology, Orange RCA will provide to rural populations the full range of services (voice, data and Orange Money) already provided in urban areas. Being able to run 2G and 3G on the same system today and, as our customers upgrade their devices to 4G in the future, seamlessly upgrade to 4G will help us not only extend our initial investment, but also bring new services much faster.’

Central African Republic, Orange Centrafrique