Orange to focus on satellite broadband in oil & gas and shipping sectors

by Staff Reporter | March 10th, 2013

Orange Business Services, the business-to-business arm of France Telecom-Orange, is targeting additional revenues from the Middle East and Africa regions through its Satellite VPN services, with an emphasis on the oil and gas and shipping sectors in the region, where satellite solutions play a pivotal role when communicating in remote areas. Orange Business Services has reportedly deployed more than 1,200 satellite-based solutions in the MEA region and will exhibit at CABSAT 2013 in Dubai.

Broadband satellite market global revenues could more than double from USD 3.3 billion in 2008 to USD 7.6 billion by 2018

Access to high-speed communications has become a prerequisite for any company doing business internationally. The satellite broadband market has proved to be resilient and Northern Sky Research suggests that broadband satellite market global revenues could more than double from USD 3.3 billion in 2008 to USD 7.6 billion by 2018.

For enterprises located in remote parts of the globe where conventional terrestrial-based infrastructure is not viable, satellite broadband services provide a vital link to the wider world through VSAT (very small aperture terminal), a two-way satellite dish antenna fixed on the ground or a stabilised maritime antenna at sea.

Orange delivers satellite services to support companies across a broad range of vertical sectors including Oil and gas, mining, government, shipping and finance. Orange Business Services customers reportedly use satellite solutions depending on their specific needs:

  • major credit card companies for terrestrial network backup;
  • multinationals to increase network availability for running mission-critical applications, and
  • humanitarian and aid organisations to connect their operations in harsh environments and remote areas.

 Orange Business Services’ satellite solution reportedly allows access to the Orange IP VPN network.

Michel Verbist, Director, Business Development, Satellite Solutions at Orange Business Services, said: “Network services represent a large proportion of the services we implement in the Middle East and VSAT plays a big role within the region relating to both primary and secondary connectivity. We are now aiming to increase our presence and activity in the Middle East region, and Orange is unique in that we have a large MPLS backbone with in-house satellite services on top. This means that we can provide the same end-to-end service level agreements on satellite services as we do for standard network services.”

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