Orange Business Services strengthens its support to MAF-Carrefour with new managed network services in the Middle East & Africa

  Orange Business Services strengthens its support to MAF-Carrefour with new
  managed network services in the Middle East & Africa

Business Wire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- October 3, 2013

Orange Business Services, a leading global integrated communications service
provider, has won a contract renewal with MAF-Carrefour Hypermarkets, one of
the most prominent names in the Middle East retailing sector and an Orange
Business Services customer for network infrastructure and ICT solutions since
2008. The 3-year, multimillion dollar contract extends the international
network services agreement provided by Orange and adds new dimensions,
including the management of domestic WANs in some countries, starting in the
UAE.

The additional managed services provided by Orange Business Services will
allow MAF-Carrefour to focus more on its core business operations. Orange is
also providing consultancy services in addition to international connectivity
covering 72 sites across 13 countries in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and
Caucasus region.

Mr. Ahmad Baghat, Network and Telecom Manager of MAF-Carrefour in the region,
said: “We have a long working relationship with Orange Business Services
across the region and there is a strong and proven track record of
collaboration between us. This has given us enough confidence and trust in the
capability and reliability of Orange that we have outsourced some important
elements of our network and IT services. One of the ways that Orange works
with us as a partner is through customized in-house Orange service desks at
MAF-Carrefour offices, which gives us the ability to deliver evolving and
flexible services to our internalcustomers.”

Orange Business Services has 2,000 people working on the B2B market in the
Middle East and Africa and has a clear focus on network and managed services,
cloud-based services through its own cloud VPN, and consulting expertise. The
MEA regional business operates across more than 80 countries from the regional
headquarters in Dubai Internet City, UAE, and supports more than 500
multinational clients, including 200 clients in the UAE and 100 banks.

Mr Jean-Luc Lasnier, VP and General Manager of Orange Business Services Middle
East & Africa, added: “MAF-Carrefour is a blue chip name in the regional
retail sector and has been a long-term key strategic customer, so we are
delighted to sign this expanded agreement. We were able to use our substantial
experience and strong relationships – from the network team to the senior
leadership team – to counsel MAF-Carrefour on its international connectivity
and we brought new consultancy services and managed services to the table that
will ensure that MAF-Carrefour will have reliable and secure international and
domestic network connectivity for all of its sites as the business continues
to expand.”

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the 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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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual
sales of €43.5 billion in 2012 and has 168,000 employees worldwide at June 30,
2013. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New
York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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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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