Orange Business Services launches a joint venture in the State of Qatar

  Orange Business Services launches a joint venture in the State of Qatar

  accelerates growth strategy in the MEA region by launchinga joint venture
   company in Qatar focusing on major ICT projects and systems integration

Business Wire

PARIS & DOHA, Qatar -- January 9, 2013

Orange Business Services, the business services arm of France Telecom-Orange,
has announced the launch of a joint venture company in Qatar, through the
establishment of EGN LLC, which will trade in Qatar as Orange Business
Services. The new local Qatari company has been established in partnership
with Sheikh Fahad Bin Ghanem [Al Abdul Rahman] Al Thani as the majority
shareholder.

Through the new company, Orange Business Services will address the significant
ICT market opportunities in Qatar, one of the world’s fastest growing
economies with ambitious investment programs in place, as host of the 2022
FIFA World Cup finals and with a strategic national vision to diversify the
economy by 2030.

The launch of the new joint venture company in Qatar is the most recent local
company established by Orange Business Services in the Middle East and Africa
(MEA) region and is the first of its kind dedicated to large systems
integration programs and operations.

It follows the launch of a new local company in Saudi Arabia in 2012 under a
growth strategy focused on the developing markets in MEA, as companies are
poised to translate economic growth into business opportunity. Orange Business
Services has a strategic focus on emerging markets where it seeks to generate
one billion euros in revenues by 2015.

Orange Business Services has also announced the appointment of Antoine Farah
as general manager of the company in Qatar, along with a team of senior
professionals to qualify, design and build targeted projects. The new team
will comprise program directors, senior architects, project managers, subject
matter experts and operations directors, and will focus on target business
sectors including oil and gas, government sector projects, telecom company
systems integrators, new cities and large infrastructure projects.

Commenting on the new Qatar joint venture, Sheikh Fahad Bin Ghanem [Al Abdul
Rahman] Al Thani said: “This new joint venture company is a very significant
step that will support the development of world class ICT infrastructure in
Qatar, and the broader economy, as a partner for the long term, bringing new
technology and complex integration capability. Qatar has already developed
leading ICT systems in the areas of e-government and border security, and
through this new joint venture company, Orange Business Services will bring
the global experience and capabilities of France Telecom-Orange to Qatar. This
will help accelerate our progress towards achieving the economic vision laid
out in the Qatar National Vision 2030, for the development of a competitive
and diversified economy capable of creating and sustaining a high standard of
living for all our citizens.”

The official launch of Orange Business Services in Qatar took place at the
Hilton Doha, on Jan. 8, 2013 at a reception hosted by Sheikh Fahad Bin Ghanem
[Al Abdul Rahman] Al Thani and Vivek Badrinath, CEO of Orange Business
Services, and attended by Qatari VIPs and senior representatives of Orange
Business Services and the extended business community.

Philippe Koebel, senior vice president, Emerging Markets and Indirect, Orange
Business Services, commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this
joint venture company in Qatar, which comes as Orange is accelerating its
growth strategy in the Middle East, following another strong performance in
2012. This new local company is a clear sign of our commitment to the Qatari
market and to developing the ICT infrastructure of Qatar by offering and
supporting new and advanced ICT services and solutions to the public and
private sectors.”

Orange Business Services supports more than 500 multinational companies in
Middle East and Africa, bringing proven experience with implementing large
projects globally and regionally, and as a systems integrator serving high
profile companies including 3M, JTI, Sorin and Sagemcom. In the Middle East,
Orange Business Services has been generating strong growth in revenues as the
regional economy continues to achieve robust growth.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to B2B
services, is a leading global systems integrator and outsourcing programs
provider for multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless
network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and
territories with local support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of
communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M,
security, unified communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange
Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global
landscape. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom
industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards (WCA)
2012 – Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award.
Learn more at www.orange-business.com.

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications
operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros in 2011 and has 170,000 employees
worldwide at Sept. 30, 2012. Orange is the Group's single brand for Internet,
television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company
operates. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment
A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material
are trademarks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France or France
Telecom.

Contact:

Orange Business Services
Mathilde Kimmerlin, +33 1 55 54 63 54
mathilde.kimmerlin@orange.com
or
Orange
Héloïse Rothenbühler, +33 1 44 44 93 93
service.presse@orange.com
 
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