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Orange Business Services Supports Global Enterprise Unified Communications and Voice Services Based on Microsoft Lync 2013

  Orange Business Services Supports Global Enterprise Unified Communications
  and Voice Services Based on Microsoft Lync 2013

Orange Business Services customers can now benefit from the latest version of
                the Microsoft unified communications platform

Business Wire

PARIS -- February 19, 2013

As part of its commitment to delivering the new workspace where all
communications tools are unified, Orange Business Services is supporting
companies requiring global enterprise unified communications (UC) and voice
services based on Microsoft^® Lync^® 2013, the latest release of the Microsoft
enterprise-ready unified communications platform.

Orange Business Services provides Microsoft Lync-based unified communications
services as part of Business Together, its suite of integrated or managed
collaborative services that exploit the benefits of unified communications and
collaboration to improve enterprise productivity.

With the Microsoft Lync 2013 release, customers will benefit from enhanced
functionality and capabilities whether working remotely, in the office, or a
combination of both. Implementation of new Lync 2013 functionality – like
multiparty HD video, mobile voice and video (3G/4G/Wifi) and Web clients,
social capabilities and Skype federation – helps raise team productivity by
providing reach and seamless communication. Business Together Microsoft UC
services, a combination of Orange Business Services’ infrastructure
incorporating Lync Server 2013 and support services, will help to ensure users
enjoy a great Lync 2013 experience. Orange Business Services offers Business
Together Microsoft UC services in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and
most high-growth markets, and plans to add additional locations.

Orange Business Services took the opportunities offered by Lync 2013 as a
basis to develop new services for its Business Together solutions:

  *Business Together Microsoft Integrated UC – provides expert Lync voice
    support for customer-operated Lync 2013 Server. Orange Business Services
    provides comprehensive support services for Lync-based enterprise voice
    solutions including cross-vendor resolution and on-site support with
    global 24 hours a day, 7 days a week coverage.
  *Business Together Microsoft Managed UC – Orange Business Services provides
    hosted Lync as a Service to further simplify the adoption of UC
    technologies for enterprises by providing cloud-based managed solutions
    for Microsoft Lync Server on a pay-by-user basis.
  *Business Together voice pilot service – To help enterprises evaluate how
    Lync 2013 Server can be best utilized in their organization to help
    facilitate the workspace of the future, Orange Business Services offer a
    low-cost pilot option to enterprises enabling them to easily assess the
    benefits of Lync 2013 enterprise voice solutions.

“End-to-end support provided on a global basis by a single provider reduces
the complexity of a global voice services deployment,” said Paul Molinier,
vice president, Unified Communications & Collaboration, Orange Business
Services. “Supporting several hundred customers with more than 1.2 million IP
phones, Orange Business Services has 10 years of experience helping
organizations tailor the best UC strategy to meet their specific goals. Orange
Business Services can support multinational enterprises that want to use a
unified communications solution based on Microsoft Lync at all of their sites,
no matter where they are located, and maintain the quality throughout the
lifecycle of the service.”

“As enterprises move from legacy PBXs to Lync-based unified communications
Microsoft looks forward to working closely with Orange Business Services as a
certified Microsoft Premier Support Lync Partner,” said Giovanni Mezgec,
Microsoft general manager for Lync. “Building on its long-term relationship
with Microsoft and other Microsoft Lync ecosystem partners, Orange Business
Services can effectively support enterprises that are transitioning from a
traditional PBX solution to a unified communications solution based on
Microsoft Lync, whether that means expert voice operational support or a full
as-a-service hosted ‘in the cloud’ Microsoft Lync solution.”

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
www.orange-business.com

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications
operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 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. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

Orange Business Services
Elizabeth Mayeri, +1-212-251-2086
elizabeth.mayeri@orange.com
 
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