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With its incredibly extensive network, Orange is the perfect partner for businesses with international ambitions. "In Belgium we are the leading partner for companies or organisations that want to be active across international borders," says Alexandre Pebereau of the Orange Group.
Alexandre Pebereau, Executive Vice President of International Carriers at Orange:
The Orange Group is the world’s second largest international carrier (wholesale telecom) with a network of almost half a million kilometres of undersea cables. "The results of recent research by the TeleGeography union have revealed that we have overtaken BICS, the subsidiary of Belgacom, in the rankings of the most important voice carriers (wholesale voice traffic)," says Alexandre Pebereau. The Orange Group is therefore on the rise in the area of international connectivity. According to TeleGeography, Orange is in the top three based on volume, just behind the Indian group Tata. Orange has continued growing, as explained by Alexandre Pebereau: "To begin with, there is the international presence. We are present in 220 countries. We connect countries on earth where no one else is around," he says.
Besides the geographical presence, there is also the quality and the reliability of speech and data connections. "We have paid a lot of attention to the security, reliability and the so-called redundancy. A fast connection is crucial for more and more companies and industries. As such, we are active in the financial sector, for the trade of securities where every millisecond counts. It’s an environment where the fast and reliable operation of the network is paramount."
A third reason for the success of Orange, and at the same time another unique value, has to do with innovation, particularly in relation to the convergence of the connections. "It is about using mobile and internet as data connections. In other words? We produce the viewer experience of YouTube or Dailymotion at any time, at any place and on any device: computer, tablet or smartphone."
Roaming is also a part of international communication. Alexandre Pebereau sees roaming as a good example of the convergence between countries. According to him, it is not so much about linking diverse technologies, such as fixed and mobile connections, as it is about connecting countries. "Most of the population use roaming for work, for conversation and mobile data connections. In the future, the use of these will only increase. It will be commonplace," predicts Alexandre Pebereau. "Especially if you know that the tariffs for roaming will drop even further. In terms of cost, you will barely have any difference in tariffs when you move from one country to another. That’s a good evolution."
To finish, Alexandre Pebereau has something positive to say about the Belgian companies and organisations for their attitude towards communications technology. "Belgium is a front-runner in Europe in the use of telecommunications applications and mobile applications in particular. You are in the centre of Europe and, as such, you have plenty of contact with other countries and companies," he says. "Companies in Belgium are also always very sensitive to the possibilities technology can offer them and are quick to understand the business opportunities that are linked to them. I am certain that they will make the most of every chance that comes their way.”
Orange International in figures :
- 239.4 million mobile clients;
- 450,000 kilometres of undersea cables;
- 2nd place in the market for international carriers;
- 30 billion minutes of calling time in 2013;
- 1.4 billion euro turnover;
- 5% increase in speech connections compared to 2012;
- 7% increase in data traffic compared to 2012.
The Orange Group offers a support and sales team on four continents for more than one thousand international clients.