Growing demand for connectivity and digital services 

Consumers and businesses alike are demanding ever faster, more accessible and more reliable connectivity. This trend is driven by changes in usage, such as the digitization of retail and essential services such as healthcare and education, the emergence of new business services linked to 5G such as predictive maintenance, and the rise of immersive technologies such as virtual reality. In response, telecoms players are making large-scale investments in very high-speed networks (fiber, 5G, satellite), data storage (cloud, data centers) and new technologies and services such as AI, cybersecurity, and “as a service” connectivity solutions.  

Key figures

“À l’écoute du monde” by Orange  

The Orange podcast which hands the mic to experts from its ecosystem in order to decipher the major trends driving the telecommunications sector. In this episode, Angela Wamola, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA, discusses the growing demand for connectivity and digital services, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Orange’s response   

Orange Satellite offer: making ultra-fast broadband accessible to as many people as possible  

Aimed at developing regional digital cohesion, this new service, launched in November 2023 in France, is aimed at our consumer customers in mainland France, and in particular those who are not eligible for fiber or who have a low ADSL speed.   

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Livebox 7: a high-performance, eco-designed latest-generation box  

Connected to Wi-Fi 6E, the Livebox 7 meets the growing demands of users for faster connectivity, thanks to boosted speeds.   

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Sophie Germain: a new-generation cable-laying vessel supporting global connectivity  

The arrival of this vessel to the Orange Marine fleet in 2023 confirms our central role in the global submarine cable industry, essential to the development of connectivity worldwide.   

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Continued development of fiber in France   

Our efforts to upgrade networks to very high-speed broadband are bearing fruit: in 2023, we had 1.5 million active customers, an increase of 50% in one year. Our goal is to connect more than 300,000 homes and businesses in high-density areas by 2025.   

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Orange x Vodafone: a partnership for sharing Open RAN networks    

This agreement, the first of its kind in Europe, marks a major investment in Open RAN architecture, a precursor to the networks of the future.   

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Launch of Flexible SD-WAN    

In partnership with VMware, the leading provider of multi-cloud services for applications of all kinds, we have unveiled the first SD-WAN offering natively integrated into Evolution Platform, our fully scalable multi-service orchestration platform. This guarantees secure user-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud connectivity.   

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Acquisition of Expertime by Orange Business in December 2023   

This strategic acquisition will enable Orange Business to support strong growth in markets such as Digital, Public Cloud – a major challenge for SMEs and ETIs – Artificial Intelligence and Data.    

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January 2024: launch of Bleu, the “trusted cloud” solution from Orange, Capgemini and Microsoft    

With the launch of Bleu, Orange Business offers public administrations and enterprises with critical infrastructures optimal connectivity and a trusted cloud to meet their specific requirements in terms of confidentiality, security and resilience.  

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