Orange Business Services touts fiber to the office expansion

Orange Business Services says it plans to take advantage of the investment France Telecom has made in expanding its fiber footprint to reach more businesses with fiber to the office (FTTO). The FTTO network will provide businesses with access to dedicated fiber-based services.

Orange Business Services says it plans to take advantage of the investment France Telecom has made in expanding its fiber footprint to reach more French businesses via fiber to the office (FTTO). The FTTO network will provide businesses with access to dedicated fiber-based services.

Currently available as a standard offering in 3,500 communities, the “Fiber for Business” service will be expanded to cover 4,000 communities by the end of the year, Orange says. This extension will mean that Orange can address more than 70% of French businesses with at least 20 employees via the FTTO network to provide business Ethernet, business VPN, and business Internet.

“Bringing very high-speed access to businesses has been a central part of our strategy for many years,” said Vivek Badrinath, executive vice president of Orange Business Services. “With the development of new uses and the introduction of new devices, ramping up capacity is a priority for our business customers. The flexibility gained when speeds are increased from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, together with our commitment to the levels of security and availability that businesses require, will enable our customers to benefit from the full range of new IP services – cloud computing, video conferencing, etc. – and will provide them with an exceptional experience free of all capacity constraints.”

Orange asserts that the increased speed the FTTO-based Fiber for Business service will offer will not only benefit existing service but open the door to new network uses, including video, e-learning, and cloud computing.

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