France Telecom Orange acquires the remaining 49% of stake in Neocles

July 2011 -- France Telecom acquired the remaining 49% of Neocles.  This transaction is the final conclusion of the prior agreement, in October 2006 France Telecom signed with the majority shareholders of Neocles Corporate, an unlisted IT service company to acquire a 51% stake in Neocles Corporate, with an option to subsequently raise this to 100%, France Telecom is strengthening its position as the market leader for secure information system access solutions.  This acquisition is in line with France Telecom's NExT strategy for the corporate sector, positioning Orange Business Services as a pivotal provider for the integration of information and communications technologies on the business market.
About Orange
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with 170,000 employees worldwide, including 102,000 employees in France, and sales of 11.2 billion euros in the first quarter 2011. Present in 35 countries, the Group had a customer base of 215.9 million customers at 31 March 2011, including 141.6 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group's single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. At 31 March 2011, the Group had 156.7 million mobile customers and 13.9 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development

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