Orange signs up Google Cloud to boost data, AI and edge computing services

Published: 28 July 2020 - midnight

Orange Group has signed a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to fast track the development of future cloud services, including edge computing, as the French telco looks to overhaul its IT infrastructure.

As part of its Engage 2025 plan, Orange has committed to drive its internal transformation through the innovative and widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data in order to improve operational efficiency and the customer experience.

The collaboration with Google Cloud will also pave the way for the development of new advanced cloud, edge computing and cybersecurity services that will open up business opportunities for both Google Cloud and Orange.

“Orange is a pioneer of digital transformation and is pleased to partner with Google to accelerate its data and AI transformation and continue towards a better service for its customers. Google has been a long term partner of Orange and, as Google is eager to invest in Europe - and especially in France - to develop new data centres, this is the perfect time to work on new services and opportunities in French and European markets,” said Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange.

As part of the agreement, Google will provide Orange with cutting-edge cloud technologies, world-class analytics and AI tools, as well as proven digital transformation methodology and dedicated resources. Orange will contribute its deep expertise in information and communication technology services and its multi-national network infrastructure.

The agreement signals a firm commitment to use AI and data to increase the pace of transformation across Orange’s European footprint, placing data at the heart of the Group’s innovation model.

“The strength of Orange’s network, combined with Google Cloud’s platform, will help pave the way for new advanced cloud and edge computing services for the telecommunications industry in Europe. We look forward to working together with Orange to bring new services and applications to customers and businesses alike, while also continuing to grow our support for European enterprises in their digital transformation journeys,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet.

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