Orange Business Services announces the market’s first Unified Communications as a Service offer with global reach

  Orange Business Services announces the market’s first Unified Communications
  as a Service offer with global reach

 Business Together as a Service enables new ways of working for multinational
                                  companies

Business Wire

PARIS -- April 23, 2013

During a global event held today in Paris, Atlanta, Frankfurt, Moscow and
Singapore, Orange Business Services announced the global expansion of Business
Together as a Service. After its launch in France and Europe, Business
Together as a Service is now the market’s first Unified Communications as a
Service (UCaaS) offer available for large enterprises on a global scale. This
high-performance, high-security cloud service is hosted in three regional data
centers, part of the Orange Business Services dedicated cloud computing
infrastructure.

Recognized as “Best Cloud Service” at the World Communications Awards 2012 and
based on the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution, Business Together as a
Service is designed to enable new ways of working for employees, while making
it quick and cost-effective for IT management to deploy these tools.
Comprising unified communications and collaboration tools offered via the
cloud, such as telephony, unified messaging, Instant Messaging with presence,
conferencing (audio, Web and video), and mobility, Business Together as a
Service allows access anytime, anywhere, using a PC, tablet, smartphone, or
dedicated device – such as an IP phone.

3M chooses Business Together as a Service

Using the service, 3M will improve collaboration and productivity among its
20,000 employees at 75 sites across 25 countries in Europe, Middle East and
Africa. Implementation will take place on a site-by-site basis with 16,000
seats being rolled out by the end of 2014 and the remaining in the following
three years. 3M plans to eventually extend the service to Asia Pacific and
Latin America.

supports companies’ global expansion and efficiency

As a turn-key, end-to-end solution, Business Together as a Service offers a
wide range of benefits:

  *for the business: As a cloud-based solution, the pricing model is a key
    differentiator. Customers benefit from the same, predictable global
    pricing regardless of location. Buying “as a Service” means companies pay
    only for the applications employees use on a pay-as-you-go basis and do
    not have to invest upfront in technology, resulting in lower Capex.
    Companies can quickly open new offices, integrate a newly-acquired company
    and react to other changing business needs. They also benefit from
    improved employee productivity and satisfaction;
  *for the IT manager: Using a unique, easy-to-use management portal,
    customers can select from six pre-set profiles combining different sets of
    communication and collaboration tools to match employee needs. Also, the
    number of end-user accounts can be scaled up or down quickly and easily,
    and set-up of a new user profile requires only a few clicks; and
  *for the end-user: The new tools employees need are supported by the
    devices they like, including BYOD, through a single end-user client.
    Employees have the ability to work from anywhere, anytime and benefit from
    a consistent user experience. Also, the solution facilitates real-time
    collaboration, improving productivity and accelerating decision making.

“Globalization, widely-dispersed teams, increased consumerization of business
IT, and greater mobility are all converging, making the ‘new workspace’
essential for multinational companies,” said Vivek Badrinath, CEO, Orange
Business Services. “Employees need productivity tools that make it faster and
easier to get things done. Business Together as a Service enables them to have
boundaryless access to those tools, which helps achieve the desired work-life
balance and mobility that is expected from today’s workforce, particularly by
Gen-Y talent.”

rolled-out on Orange Business Services’ next-generation global cloud
infrastructure

Available on six continents, the solution is supported by three Orange
Business Services Tier III+ or Tier IV data centers, located in Atlanta,
Frankfurt and Singapore, which are part of the Orange Business Services
dedicated cloud computing infrastructure. The delivery of the service from
three regional data centers guarantees the quality of service to users in
every region, whileglobally Orange Business Services is able to provide a
consistent offer and delivery to all users in an enterprise. Additionally,
cloud services hosted by Orange offer customers the highest levels of
security, including ISAE 3402 certification.

A replay of the event will be available from April 25 at:
http://www.orange-business.com/en/ucaas-april23

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 annual sales of 43.5 billion euros and has 170,000 employees
worldwide at Dec. 31, 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
Elizabeth Mayeri, +1 212 251 2086
elizabeth.mayeri@orange.com
or
Orange
Sylvie Duho, +33 1 44 44 93 93
service.presse@orange.com
 
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