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Source: Le Figaro as of 28-07-2020

This alliance provides for the creation of a common laboratory that will work on the applications to be offered on 5G networks.

The partnership is part of the Engag 2025 plan presented in early December by Orange CEO Stéphane Richard. Regis Duvignau/REUTERS

US giant Google and telecoms operator Orange announced on Tuesday the signing of a strategic partnership that will cover the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data to develop new online cloud computing services.

The partnership, which covers both cybersecurity and edge computing, is part of the Engage 2025 plan, presented in early December by Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, to accelerate the operator’s digital transformation.

Laboratory and Centre of Excellence

“We are excited to be working with Google to accelerate our transformation in data and AI. Google is currently continuing its investments in Europe, and particularly in France, to develop new data centers, this is the perfect time to work together,”Richard was quoted as saying in a statement.

For Google, the partnership must “pave the way for new state-of-the-art cloud and edge computing services for Europe’s telecoms sector,”said Sundar Pichai, who heads Alphabet, Google’s parent company. This agreement has its place in the arrival of 5G in Europe and should cover all the markets covered by the operator, whether it is the general public or the companies, as well as the wholesale market.

It also plans to create a laboratory and a joint centre of excellence, which will work on applications from AI and data to be offered on 5G networks as well as training on these areas and the cloud for Orange staff. It also allows Orange Business Services (OBS) to integrate new Google services, in data analytics and the cloud, into its business service offerings.

Waiting for 5G

The arrival of 5G, whose auction on the necessary frequencies is planned in France for the month of September, should allow telecom operators to offer first and foremost new services to the various sectors of activity, including autonomous vehicles or the acceleration of connected health and industry.

Orange is due to release its half-year results this week and warned that it expected a“severe shock”for the second quarter, after revenue rose in the first three months of the year.

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