International business telecoms group, Orange, has announced its intentions of expanding its scope of business and will be piloting a number of energy projects in Africa.

Bruno Mettling, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa (MEA), revealed the development, which includes rural electrification projects, last week during the company’s 4thannual strategy and activity update presented to the media and analysts in London, UK.

The French telecoms corporation stated that as at November 2016, it will be launching its rural electrification programme that will provide affordable solutions, either to individual customers or to collectives who are not currently served by traditional electricity grid.

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The pilot scheme will be implemented in select parts of Africa's regions including Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Orange will be providing solar kits or micro-grids to rural communities, with the project planned to run for six months.

The equipment will be wholly subsidised by the group, whilst customers will be able to pay via the Orange Money platform.

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