Network operator Orange and infrastructure provider Equinix join forces to enhance the efficiency of the Telco Cloud Platform networking service for customers.

Operators look for innovative technology providers to up their game of network services. Similarly, Orange will be carrying the bare metal of Equinix, a major infrastructure provider. Orange will use Equinix’s hardware to enhance its on-demand Telco Cloud Points of Presence (PoPs).

“This partnership between Orange and Equinix is a smart move enabling Orange to enhance its existing platform and its ability to facilitate reliable, agile digital capabilities for its customers — all while being able to more quickly meet customer demand by using Equinix Metal”, commented Courtney Munroe, Vice President for Telecommunications Research at IDC.

“IDC research shows that enterprises look to telcos and digital infrastructure providers as key partners for hybrid IT infrastructure and cloud networking requirements. Furthermore, the enhanced Telco Cloud Platform will improve Orange’s operational efficiency and flexibility, and most importantly, will allow it to offer enhanced low latency performance and on-demand requirements for enterprises around the world.”

Orange and Equinix develop joint networking services

A survey by Equinix indicates that, despite worldwide economic concerns, 72 percent of companies are planning to expand by using innovative digital strategies. Together with Equinix, Orange will offer services including SD-WAN, CDN, 5G roaming, and voice services with an expected latency below ten milliseconds.

“We are delighted to partner with Equinix to deploy Orange Telco Cloud PoPs technology on top of Equinix Metal”, explained Jean-Luc Vuillemin, Executive Vice President of International Networks at Orange. “By embracing an as-a-service infrastructure model and focusing investment in our SDN and VNF capabilities, Orange can provide a fully flexible and elastic solution to customers, speed up the deployment of our planned 100 Telco Cloud PoPs, and quickly adapt capacity to meet demand.”

“This confirms Orange’s position as a trusted infrastructure partner, optimizing application performance with secured and consistent connectivity, regardless of end-user location, and supporting cloud management and transformation.”

“We have a rich 20-year history of collaboration with Orange”, added Zachary Smith, Equinix’s Global Head of Edge Infrastructure Services. “We are pleased to see them accelerate innovation for their customers by becoming the first provider to combine their extensive global network footprint at Equinix with the new possibilities provided by our investments in automated digital infrastructure capabilities. We’re excited to see them expand this offering into additional markets in 2023.”

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