Meet Alphonse Huber, CTO of Orange Réunion-Mayotte


Based in La Réunion for the last five years, I’m the Director of the Technical Support Unit for Réunion-Mayotte and CTO of Orange Réunion-Mayotte. My scope of work includes fixed and mobile network architecture, engineering, deployment and operational maintenance. Before that I worked in the Technical Support Division for Orange France in Paris.

“The excellent technical specification, the very competitive price, the consumption simulations and the great involvement of the Cysalys teams in this project convinced us.”

Alphonse Huber, Director of the Technical Support Unit for Réunion-Mayotte and CTO of Orange Réunion-Mayotte

“There are visible innovations, such as 4G or the extension of communications networks to new regions. And then there are innovations that may be less known but fundamental to ensure the sustainable development of communication services. The hybrid energy supply system developed by Cysalys is part of the second wave of new industrial support solutions, which are essential for the further deployment of our communications networks.

Mixing renewable energy and fossil fuels, the eco-friendly BETI (Borne Energie Télécom Intelligente) smart autonomous power solution from Cysalys enables sites that are not connected to the grid to be charged more efficiently and at a lower cost. We chose this solution in 2017 to replace a generator on one of our mobile sites in the south of La Réunion.

The generator was installed in 2012 to power a site that can’t be connected to the power grid. This was an unsatisfactory workaround in more than one way: high diesel consumption (1,500 litres per month), high CO2 emissions and repeated breakdowns. To replace this temporary solution, we studied proposals from our long-standing partners as well as this new company Cysalys, which was created through the Orange spin-off programme. The excellent technical specification, the very competitive price, the consumption simulations and the great involvement of the Cysalys teams in this project convinced us.

Operational since September 2017, the BETI terminal allowed us to cut our fuel consumption by 3, and no breakdown has been recorded. On the strength of these results, we’ve now entrusted Cysalys for two new installations which are currently being set up.”

Sarkis Armoudian is the founder and CEO of Cysalys, a Lyon-based company offering hybrid, nomadic and eco-friendly power supply equipment. A former Orange employee, he set up his business thanks to the Group’s spin-off programme. 

“With Orange, our collaboration continues”

Sarkis Armoudian, founder and CEO of Cysalys

Where did the idea for Cysalys come from?

The idea came to me when I returned from a business trip to deploy the Orange network in Armenia. While telecoms equipment has made enormous progress over the years, the power supply systems have hardly changed. So I had the idea to develop an autonomous power supply solution combining the best of existing technologies and focusing on renewable energies. The goal? To deliver a reliable service that drastically reduces operating costs and is adapted to the needs of the telecoms industry.  

To create your business, you benefitted from the Orange spin-off programme. Can you tell us about it? 

I was put in contact with the area manager who helped me set up my spin-off project over the course of 18 months, build it and launch it. She put me in touch with business plan experts and lawyers who, beyond technical advice, enabled me to take a step back on my project. This support was a determining factor because I didn’t have all the skills to start a business. My project was then validated by the Orange spin-off committee, which also offered me funding.

Through Cysalys, your collaboration with Orange continues today…

Yes. In La Réunion, the Canabady BETI has been operating for more than eighteen months. In addition to cost savings, it has also reduced CO2 emissions by 38 tonnes since it was commissioned. In addition, we have ongoing projects for 100% renewable energy solutions at other Orange sites across the island.

What does the future look like for Cysalys?

We’ve installed a dozen solutions in France and we’ve just completed the first system implementation in West Africa. Along with the Middle East, Africa represents a promising market for Cysalys. More generally, our goal for 2019 is to double our number of facilities and continue to grow our business. We’re currently working on opportunities in France and internationally and of course we’re hoping to develop our partnership with Orange! We continue to focus on providing the best possible energy management solution to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.  

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