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Orange Collaborates With Smart Africa And Announces New Investments In Africa To Improve The Quality Of Service And Data Security For End-Users

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Orange, a platinum member of the Smart Africa Alliance, supports the One Africa Network (OAN) project which has the aim of educing the cost of communication and keeping the traffic generated and destined for Africa within Africa.

The Smart Africa Secretariat has emphasised the need to collaborate effectively with the private sector and create synergies with existing infrastructure. Smart Africa warmly welcomes Orange’s collaboration on the initiative.

For many years, Orange has provided infrastructure through its African subsidiaries to directly interconnect African operators. The Group will pursue this strategy by localising voice and roaming data hosting and transport on the continent. To this end, Orange announces the creation of two new international voice points of presence (PoP) in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as the hosting of roaming data for its African customers at a data clearinghouse in Africa. These initiatives will help boost the quality of service and data security for all users across the continent.

A connected Africa – An extensive network to keep intra-African traffic in Africa

In order to always better serve the needs of all customers on the continent and play a role in digital inclusion by allowing direct connections between African countries, Orange is working to:

facilitate voice traffic connections between regions in Africa, with the creation of two new Voice Tier-1 Points of Presence (PoP). Through these PoP, Orange offers a diverse range of services to all African mobile operators, allowing the routing of traffic across Africa.
expand internet data network coverage thanks to an ambitious IP and IPX Tier-1 Points of Presence (PoP) deployment plan in Africa. Orange has announced the creation of a new IP PoP in Accra, Ghana (end of September 2020). These PoP ensure a local connection to African and international content for its customers, as well as the exchange of roaming data.
These new PoP, combined with the IP points of presence, as well as all points of presence which Orange operates through its 17 subsidiaries, will allow it to host and route all voice traffic in Africa between connected operators.

A Data Clearing House to host roaming data in Africa Orange has several interconnected data centres in an open, seamless network to host data locally in Africa. Since 2015, Orange has established a Roaming Operational Centre in Abidjan, a global centre of expertise which supervises testing and new roaming routes, either directly with its regional and global partners, or via its Roaming Hub (over 100 operators connected).

To supplement this approach, from 1 January 2021 Orange customer roaming traffic between operators in Africa will be hosted by a data clearinghouse located in a data centre in Africa.

Lacina Koné, Director General & CEO Smart Africa: “We value Orange’s commitment to strengthen Africa’s capacity to manage and retain her own data. This is important for ensuring universal access through cost savings and data sovereignty which is a hallmark of our data policy. Therefore, this partnership with Orange goes a long way in operationalising these principles and making the One Africa Network a reality.”

Jérome Barré, CEO Orange Wholesale & International Networks: “With the creation of new voice points of presence and a data clearinghouse for roaming traffic in Africa, Orange is emphasising its position as a leader in international interconnection in Africa, as well as its ability to provide a local solution to African operators for all voice, data and roaming services. Orange’s ambition is to keep all traffic and flows in Africa, in order to contribute to the development of the continent’s digital economy.”

Alioune Ndiaye, CEO Orange Middle-East and Africa: “These initiatives contribute to the Smart Africa objectives and demonstrate Orange’s willingness and investment to facilitate and expand the use of roaming and international voice services in Africa. We are working hard to promote the emergence of a dynamic digital society, a key driver of African development. From this year, Orange will endeavour to keep African traffic in Africa.”

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I Will Never Love A Woman Again : Ghanaian Man Shares Sad Story After Looking After A Woman Through School For 4 Years, Preparing For Her Wedding & Finding Sleeping With Another Man In His Own House

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A Ghanaian made on Jodel app has shared a sad story of him looking after a level 100 UPSA lady for 4 years.

According to him, they started as friends and since the lady’s family was fit enough to pay her school fees, they asked the lady to drop out of school but then, the young man told the lady’s parents he will look after her.

The man had spent millions on the lady by looking after her, paying her fees, buying her provisions, and all.

Fast Forward, it got a time the lady proposed to the man and the guy had to speak with the lady’s father on the issue. The man accepted and decided to marry her, buying her wedding gowns and all. Unfortunately, his brother died and they had to do the funeral in his village. He spends about a month and more there and upon returning to his own home, he found a car parked in his own home.

Entering the home, she heard a moaning voice which probably was his yet-to-be wife who was being given a serious doggy.

Read the full story below.

https://twitter.com/David_Sackey_Jn/status/1317899598980128769?s=19

Guys you really need to fear women.

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Five Key Factors For A Future-Oriented Digital Transformation Of Electric Power Enterprises

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At HUAWEI CONNECT 2020, IDC and Huawei jointly released the white paper for the electric power industry — Building the Future-Ready Power Enterprise: Road to a Successful Digital Transformation.

In the white paper, IDC proposed a methodology for the transformation of electric power enterprises. This methodology supports and aligns with Huawei’s digital transformation methodology. IDC and Huawei follow a similar approach with frameworks and blueprints to help organizations design their digital transformation priorities and set their agenda, which in turn enables power enterprises to deliver the business value of scale.

Electric Power Enterprises Urgently Need New Operating Structures and Business Models

The power industry has long faced disruption. Power enterprises are now facing multiple changes. Management will need new operating structures and business models if power enterprises are to remain key players in the energy ecosystem. As 2020 progresses, COVID-19 has introduced another dimension of change and disruption that business leaders in the power industry must tackle.

Hou Jinming, Deputy Director of the Technology Department of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) said that “As the advance of global energy reform and energy Internet development, the power sector will take an entirely different shape. It will be decarbonized, digitized, and intelligent.” The implications of the change will impact the management, operations, services, and transaction modes of the electric power industry. Power enterprises must reconsider who the customer is and who the competitor is, a new breed of stakeholders and participants, and how the energy ecosystem works. This will mean new customer engagements, new business models, new competitors, more stakeholders, and increased risks.

Increasing renewables, emerging power consumption devices, multiplying power grid connections, and the integration of energy, information, and transportation networks require power enterprises to systematically improve their response capabilities and the intelligence of their management systems and business processes. This will allow power enterprises to better adapt to complex environments, and enable power systems to operate more securely, adaptively, flexibly, and efficiently. Therefore, high operation data analysis efficiency, rapid and efficient artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making capability, and full-process automation will be crucial to the survival of power enterprises.

Methodology: Five Stages of Digital Transformation of Electric Power Enterprises

To build a future power enterprise, IDC proposes the digital transformation methodology for the electric power industry.

IDC’s maturity model is part of its digital transformation methodology that seeks to provide a framework for companies to build their roadmaps. According to the maturity model, the digital transformation of electric power enterprises is divided into five phases: adhoc, opportunistic, repeatable, managed and optimized.

The factors most critical to the success of power industry digital transformations are as followed: 1. A single enterprise digital strategy; 2. Resolution to make the required organizational and cultural changes; 3. A long-term investment commitment to digital transformation; 4. A platform-based strategy; 5. An enterprise-wide data governance model.

Emilie Ditton, AVP of the Energy and Manufacturing Insights Group, IDC Asia Pacific, believes that modernization, digitalization, and transformation of the grid are an immediate requirement. The transformed digital grid will combine traditional centralized generation, large-scale distributed generation, and renewables as well as enabling visualized management and control of the complex power grid environment. Grid operations will transform from digital grid operations to smart grid operations. New business models will be established, and the power service mode and power grid management mode will be changed.

Huawei: Reliable Partner for Digital Transformation

Collaborating with its enterprise partners, Huawei implements comprehensive awareness, interconnection, and intelligence of various power terminals by integrating 5G, IoT, optical, IP, cloud, big data, and AI technologies into the power system. Through digital transformation, Huawei is committed to assisting customers to develop coping strategies in dealing with industry challenges and seizing future opportunities.

Lu Yongping, Vice President of the Global Energy Business Dept of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, stated that Huawei is a reliable partner for digital transformation. Huawei will facilitate the digital transformation of electric power enterprises through a variety of methods, including assisting in the understanding of their own status quo, the market, and the entire industry ecosystem. Based on extensive digital transformation practices in the energy industry, Huawei has developed an energy ring — ‘1-2-3-2-1’ — a digital transformation framework applicable to the energy industry, in aiding electric power enterprises to realize the vision of their digital transformation goals.

Adhere to one transformation vision: Electric power enterprises should interpret ‘digital transformation’ as a corporate-level transformation strategy and an indispensable element of their overall strategy.

Create two assurance conditions: Develop data literacy levels of enterprises and employees, progress the cultivation of a digital and transformation culture, and build a talent team for digital transformation, supporting enterprises’ digital transformation objectives.

Implement three key processes: Implement integrated management of planning, construction, and operations and ensure that digital transformation is progressing as outlined, so that an organization’s transformation vision can be converted into enterprise value.

Build two core driving forces: Follow service and technology trends and seize opportunities in the future.

Build one basic platform: Build a fully connected digital platform to provide solid foundations for the digital transformation of businesses.

Huawei’s digital transformation methodology is similar to that of IDC, and they complement each other. Both parties believe that digital transformation steps and frameworks need to be planned and established to help electric power enterprises design their digital transformation priorities and set their agenda, which will enable power enterprises to deliver the business value of scale.

Hu Hao, Chief Digital Transformation Officer of the Global Electric Power Industry of Huawei Enterprise BG, pointed out that the global energy industry is facing transformation. The traditional energy consumption structure centered on primary energy is gradually transforming into a new structure centered on secondary energy such as PV and wind power. This will drive the industry evolving towards decarbonized, clean, electrified, and distributed. During the transformation, Huawei will help power enterprises optimize management processes, reduce production costs, improve operation security, and innovate business models. It will also help enterprise customers accelerate digital transformation to achieve the goal of building an intelligent energy system that features multi-energy synergy, ubiquitous connectivity, and intelligent interaction.

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Mechanic Left Surprised After A Lady He Met On Facebook Visited Him At His Workplace

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In a photo we have sighted, a mechanic was left shocked after this lady he met on Facebook showed up at his workplace.

Although he sent the lady transport money, it seems he thought this lady would not come as most ladies now do to guys.

The post was made on Facebook by a Facebook user and this has called for some reactions from social media users who saw it.

See the post and some reactions below;

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