Ethernet-FiberOpticsToday, Orange has opened a very large-capacity IP Point of Presence (PoP) in the Middle East. The facility, which is located in Amman, Jordan, is operational from today and will enhance Internet connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers.

An IP Point of Presence is part of the technical infrastructure equipment necessary to enable local operators to access the Internet through an interconnection point with long-distance networks.

Orange is the first operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market in Middle Eastern countries to support the huge rise in IP traffic in this area. This fully redundant IP PoP, is a secure solution that facilitates the development of this region. Orange is now able offer reliable, high-quality connections for Middle Eastern countries.

With its strategic position in the region, following the launch of this IP PoP in Amman Orange is fully able to address the market’s needs. The Group is already able to leverage its strong existing customer base, through Orange Jordan. In the medium and long term, the Amman IP PoP will facilitate the development of the Middle Eastern IP market.

Orange now offers a full range of services to customers wishing to connect to the Amman IP PoP, including, notably, a range of high-end value added services.

By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Additionally, customer experience will improve due to this Point of Presence which will bring content providers closer to Internet users.

With the opening of this new PoP, Orange has now enhanced its position as a major Internet connectivity enabler in the Middle East, where capacity is constantly increasing.

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 252 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 191 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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