Orange to Team with T-Mobile for Enterprise Wi-FiBy Wayne Rash | Posted 07-06-2006
T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has about 7,000 "HotSpots" in airports, hotels, coffee shops and other locations in the United States. Overall, this agreement will bring the number of available Wi-Fi access points for Orange customers to about 35,000.
According to Mohammed Retmi, business development manager within the mobility business unit, Orange Business Services has "initiated a Next [New Experience in Telecommunication] program at the group level" and the company is using that to offer what it calls "Business Everywhere."
Retmi said that because his company serves a number of multinational corporations, global access is critical. "What we provide to the customer is worldwide access," he said. "It has one end-user interface."
According to Retmi, Orange Business Services offers access ranging from dial-up to Wi-Fi, while a key part of the suite of services is security that includes user authentication, a VPN and a personal firewall.
Benoit Verbaere, Wi-Fi product manager for Orange Business Services, said a number of U.S. companies, including the Universal Music Group, are already using Orange's service, and that using the service makes things easier for managers.
"It allows the IT manager to pay only one single bill, including the usage of T-Mobile hot spots," Verbaere said.
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