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, says Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet.
Orange and Google Cloud have inked a partnership to accelerate the transformation of Orange’s IT infrastructure and the development of future cloud services, in particular edge computing.
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. To do this, Orange plans to build a next-generation data analytics and machine-learning platform with Google technologies.
The partnership will also benefit consumers and businesses across Europe by bringing powerful cloud-computing capabilities to the edge of the network, such as in retail, gaming, and other industries.
Commenting on the partnership, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, said, “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 centers, this is the perfect time to work on new services and opportunities in French and European markets.”
The agreement is said to reinforce Orange’s commitment, as set out in its Engage 2025 plan, 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 is also expected to 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.
Google Cloud and Orange will closely collaborate to ensure the partnership’s success. Google will provide its know-how in cutting-edge cloud technologies, world-class analytics, and AI tools, as well as proven digital transformation methodology and dedicated resources.
Orange, in turn, wants to contribute its deep expertise in information and communication technology services and its multi-national network infrastructure.
The strategic partnership will also strengthen Orange Business Services’ portfolio of offers by bringing value-added analytics and additional cloud services based on Google Cloud solutions, building on Orange’s position as a multi-cloud services provider for its enterprise customers across the globe, and strengthening Orange Cyberdefense’s leading capabilities.
With this agreement, Google Cloud gets to reinforce its presence in Europe as a significant player in the cloud sector providing advanced technologies and services across all major industries, including businesses both small and large.
The partnership will also work on the development of future edge computing services as 5G networks are rolled out across Europe and cloud computing increasingly benefits from integration into the network.
The cooperation will combine the strengths of Google Cloud and Orange to provide flexible, secure and cutting-edge solutions for the B2B, Wholesale and B2C markets. It will contribute to the enhanced connectivity offerings that Orange provides to its wholesale, B2B, and retail customers.
Orange and Google Cloud also agreed to jointly create an Innovation Lab and a Center of Excellence that will both foster innovation and growth. The Innovation Lab is expected to enable new industry solution development based on data and AI within the broader framework of the evolving 5G / edge computing ecosystem. The Center of Excellence will provide Google Cloud support for Orange France and other Orange affiliates as they engage in their cloud transformation. The center will provide training in data, AI, and cloud services for several thousand Orange employees.