Orange Burkina Faso
Orange software-as-a-service smart metering solution in Burkina Faso
Orange is piloting pre-paid smart metering on mini-grids in partnership with SINCO, a cooperative that manages electricity distribution through rural grids. This smart metering, software-as-a-service solution will enable SINCO’s customers to manage their energy expenditure. This prevents households from being regularly disconnected after single-instalment, post-paid bills exceed their ability to pay. The smart-meter solution will leverage mobile money, machine-to-machine connectivity, SMS and other mobile technologies.
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“Mobile along with energy supply can significantly change lives of people in our country and we’re strongly committed to make this happen for as much as possible. With this grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund, Orange Burkina Faso will be able to deploy a smart metering solution in rural area where only 3% have access to electricity, with sometime flexible and low cost billing & collection solution is a barrier for energy service provider. The power of smart-metering along with our strong mobile money ecosystem, accessible everywhere in the country, is a unique winning combination that will certainly erase energy supply entry barrier in remote areas.” – Ben Cheick HAIDARA, CEO Orange Burkina Faso