|[January 09, 2013]
Orange Business Services launches a joint venture in the State of Qatar
PARIS & DOHA, Qatar --(Business Wire)--
Orange (News - Alert) Business Services, the business services arm of France
Telecom-Orange, has announced the launch of a joint venture company in
Qatar, through the establishment of EGN LLC, which will trade in Qatar
as Orange Business Services (News - Alert). The new local Qatari company has been
established in partnership with Sheikh Fahad Bin Ghanem [Al Abdul
Rahman] Al Thani as the majority shareholder.
Through the new company, Orange Business Services will address the
significant ICT market opportunities in Qatar, one of the world's
fastest growing economies with ambitious investment programs in place,
as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals and with a strategic national
vision to diversify the economy by 2030.
The launch of the new joint venture company in Qatar is the most recent
local company established by Orange Business Services in the Middle East
and Africa (MEA) region and is the first of its kind dedicated to large
systems integration programs and operations.
It follows the launch of a new local company in Saudi Arabia in 2012
under a growth strategy focused on the developing markets in MEA, as
companies are poised to translate economic growth into business
opportunity. Orange Business Services has a strategic focus on emerging
markets where it seeks to generate one billion euros in revenues by 2015.
Orange Business Services has also announced the appointment of Antoine
Farah as general manager of the company in Qatar, along with a team of
senior professionals to qualify, design and build targeted projects. The
new team will comprise program directors, senior architects, project
managers, subject matter experts and operations directors, and will
focus on target business sectors including oil and gas, government
sector projects, telecom company systems integrators, new cities and
large infrastructure projects.
Commenting on the new Qatar joint venture, Sheikh Fahad Bin Ghanem [Al
Abdul Rahman] Al Thani said: "This new joint venture company is a very
significant step that will support the development of world class ICT
infrastructure in Qatar, and the broader economy, as a parner for the
long term, bringing new technology and complex integration capability.
Qatar has already developed leading ICT systems in the areas of
e-government and border security, and through this new joint venture
company, Orange Business Services will bring the global experience and
capabilities of France Telecom (News - Alert)-Orange to Qatar. This will help
accelerate our progress towards achieving the economic vision laid out
in the Qatar National Vision 2030, for the development of a competitive
and diversified economy capable of creating and sustaining a high
standard of living for all our citizens."
The official launch of Orange Business Services in Qatar took place at
the Hilton Doha, on Jan. 8, 2013 at a reception hosted by Sheikh Fahad
Bin Ghanem [Al Abdul Rahman] Al Thani and Vivek Badrinath (News - Alert), CEO of Orange
Business Services, and attended by Qatari VIPs and senior
representatives of Orange Business Services and the extended business
Philippe Koebel, senior vice president, Emerging Markets and Indirect,
Orange Business Services, commented: "We are delighted to announce the
launch of this joint venture company in Qatar, which comes as Orange is
accelerating its growth strategy in the Middle East, following another
strong performance in 2012. This new local company is a clear sign of
our commitment to the Qatari market and to developing the ICT
infrastructure of Qatar by offering and supporting new and advanced ICT
services and solutions to the public and private sectors."
Orange Business Services supports more than 500 multinational companies
in Middle East and Africa, bringing proven experience with implementing
large projects globally and regionally, and as a systems integrator
serving high profile companies including 3M (News - Alert), JTI, Sorin and Sagemcom. In
the Middle East, Orange Business Services has been generating strong
growth in revenues as the regional economy continues to achieve robust
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to
B2B services, is a leading global systems integrator and outsourcing
programs provider 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
Business Services was awarded three of the telecom industry's
highest accolades at the annual World
Communication Awards (WCA) 2012 - Best Global Operator, Best
Cloud Service and the User's Choice Award. 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 in 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
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