[Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, November 25, 2016] Huawei and Orange Group inaugurated a Global Network Operation Center (GNOC) with sites in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, which is part of a five-year managed services project begun in 2015. The GNOC covers nine countries in Africa including Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroon, and Guinea Bissau.
In Dakar, the inaugural ceremony took place under the president of the supervisory authority, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mr. Yaya Abdoul Kane. Also attending were Mr. Bruno Mettling, Orange Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations in Africa and the Middle East, Mr. Alioune Ndiaye Managing Director of Sonatel, Olivier Boulot，Orange Group ANO Project Director, Mr. Li Junfeng, President of the Huawei Orange Key Account, Dr. Leroy G. Blimegger Jr., Senior Vice President of Huawei GTS, Mr. Wang Jianhui, Vice President of Huawei Northern Africa Region, and Mr. Yu Yong General Manager of Huawei’s Senegal Office.
In Abidjan, the inauguration will take place with the presence of the Minister of the Digital Economy and the Post Office of Côte d'Ivoire. The Huawei and Orange delegations will be led by Mr. Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations in Africa and the Middle East, Olivier Boulot, Orange Group ANO Project Director, Mr. Li Junfeng, President of Huawei Orange Key Account, Dr. Leroy G. Blimegger Jr., Senior Vice President of Huawei GTS, Mr. Wang Jianhui, Vice President of Huawei Northern Africa Region, and Mr. Yang Hebin General Manager of Huawei Côte d'Ivoire.
What is GNOC?
The GNOC emerged from a major project on the transformation and metallization of Orange networks in Africa. It brings all "core network" activities and service platforms together, within a common supervision center and is set up to guarantee optimal network quality, a unique customer experience and to improve operational performance. The GNOC is located in two sites: Abidjan and Dakar.
Huawei, a strategic partner for the Orange Group
In Africa, where many telecom operators have outsourced operation of their networks, implementation of the GNOC was entrusted to Huawei.
In recent years, the Orange Group Africa has been involved in a transformation project aimed at strengthening its competitiveness in an ever-changing telecommunications sector. The approach of this transformation project responds to a major tendency of the telecommunications sector in Africa, which sees most operators pooling the supervision of their networks. Nowadays, the increasingly complex technological contexts and the highly competitive markets require telecom companies to adopt new business models to improve operational efficiency.
The GNOC, is a major component of the project called ANO (AMEA Network optimization), and is the common center for network supervision with the pooling of core network operations teams. The aim is to achieve a more competitive and efficient organization for an incomparable customer experience in the face of growing customer demands. The aim of the transformation project is therefore to pool the operations of the entire core of the Networks and Services Platforms.
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