Orange Business Services and Saudi Business Machines Sign Business
Partnership to Develop Common ICT Projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
partnership advances development of the competitive ICT landscape
PARIS & RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- January 29, 2013
Following the inauguration of Orange Business Arabia in April 2012 and the
launch of its local company in Qatar in January 2013, Orange Business Services
makes its next move to support the development of its Middle East and Africa
growth strategy by signing a partnership with Saudi Business Machines Limited
(SBM) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Orange Business Services, through Orange Business Arabia LLC, its local Saudi
Arabia operating company, and SBM, a leading systems integrator, have signed a
business partnership agreement through which the two companies will cooperate
as preferred partners on bids for major ICT projects in the Kingdom. The
combination of the two brands, their skill sets and experience, together with
the Orange Group’s R&D and innovation capabilities, is expected to contribute
toward the advancement of the ICT system integration landscape in the Kingdom.
Orange Business Services and SBM will jointly identify and bid for major
projects in the rapidly expanding ICT market and will address opportunities in
strategic market segments like smart cities, security, healthcare and core
services for the enterprise market.
As preferred partners, the companies will also contract each other's services
leveraging the strong domestic presence of SBM and the strong international
coverage of Orange Business Services.
Giorgio Heiman, Vice President, Global Solutions and Services, Emerging
Markets & Indirect channels, Orange Business Services, commented: “We are
pleased to have signed our agreement with SBM, which will provide a solid
foundation for achieving our strategic objectives and strengthen our
respective positions in the domestic market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The new business partnership will provide us with a platform to address the
growing local demand for telecommunication and information technology
Essam Al-Shiha, Vice President, Sales, Saudi Business Machines, commented: “We
believe that our partnership with Orange Business Services will add a great
value to our promotion and development of Information Communication Technology
in building the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it will broaden our
portfolio allowing us to continue to be the leading solutions provider to the
people and industries of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
According to Orange Business Services, Saudi Arabia is the driving force of
the regional economy in the Middle East and is a rapidly evolving ICT market.
Orange Business Services is already established as a highly trusted partner to
some of the largest infrastructure projects and developments in the country,
working in close partnerships with a range of major public and private sector
organizations in the Kingdom.
The France Telecom Orange group has more than 50 years’ history in the region
and more than two thousand people working in the B2B market committed to
supporting both foreign and domestic enterprise customers, and serving more
than 500 multinational customers there. Orange Business Services will continue
to support customers across the strategically important Gulf Cooperation
Council states from the Middle East and Africa regional headquarters in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to B2B
services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions 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.
Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an
Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and
conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom
industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 –
Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award. Orange
Business Services is a five-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at
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operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees
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About Saudi Business Machines
Saudi Business Machines Ltd. (SBM) is the General Marketing and Services
Representative of IBM World Trade Corporation in Saudi Arabia – the Kingdom’s
leading provider of end-to-end enterprise information technology and
telecommunications solutions across all industries. Its capability as a total
solutions provider is further enhanced with strategic partnership with the
worldwide technology leaders and its portfolio of services in networking,
systems integration, consultation, managed services and implementation,
business recovery and operations support. SBM has a workforce of more than
1,000 employees operating throughout the Kingdom from its headquarters in
Jeddah and branch offices in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jubail.
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