Let's connect everyone’s potential

Digital services are a key enabler for today’s social and economic development. Orange is a key player in this progress by providing telecoms infrastructure in more than 220 countries and territories around the world, by designing inclusive connectivity solutions, and also by creating direct and indirect jobs through our business activities. We’re committed to bringing the benefits of digital to as many people as possible in a sustainable and responsible way. We firmly believe that technology should empower everyone – as individuals, businesses, communities and administrations – to make the most of it.

Digital technology is a powerful engine of economic and social development provided that it empowers people to act.

In just three decades, digital technology has forever transformed the way we communicate, create and work. By providing innovative solutions to some of the major societal challenges of our century, and by facilitating access for millions of people to health, information, education, employment and entrepreneurship, it has quickly become a powerful lever for development worldwide.

At Orange, we believe that digital tools offer great opportunities for economic and social progress, provided that everyone can access and use them. The benefits of technology must be put into the hands of as many people as possible so that they’re empowered to create value for themselves and their communities.

As a leading technology provider, our mission is to actively contribute to the socio-economic development of our operating countries, and also to encourage and enable everyone to create sustainable value through an efficient and responsible innovation model. 

Through our commitments, we are promoting a model of sustainable and responsible development so that, in the future, digital technology will continue to enable progress for people, society and the planet.

 

We support the entrepreneurs who share our values...

Digital is creating opportunities for anyone who wants to make the most of them. At Orange, we support start-ups because we think that entrepreneurship and the local ecosystem are essential for enabling progress.

At the VivaTechnology show, an event Orange has participated in every year since its launch, we are sharing our booth with the start-ups we support. By helping them thrive, these entrepreneurs go on to create value for themselves and their regions.

With just days to go before the start of the 4th VivaTechnology, 5 start-ups are busy preparing for this event.

… and use technology for social development

We firmly believe that digital technology enables us to respond to major social challenges now and for the future. The start-ups we support are creating the latest innovations that help sustainable growth by meeting the essential needs of individuals and society.

As a company who is always looking to support and highlight the most promising start-ups, Orange sponsors Start-up Stories, a short series released on M6. The objective? Turn the spotlight on individuals who’ve created their own start-ups with one thing in common: their passion to make the world around them a better place.

Discover the season 3 of the M6 series Start-up Stories

Our networks create value in all our regions worldwide

Orange is committed to deploying high-performing networks in all our regions worldwide. First 4G and now 5G, which is being tested in 17 French cities. By connecting people across the world, our networks provide a great opportunity for value creation.

Are you ready for 5G?

5G marks the next major evolution of mobile phone networks, designed to support new services in an increasingly connected world. Here’s your chance to understand more.

Everything will soon be ready for the first commercial launch of 5G in France. On a technical level, Orange is already conducting pilots in several cities, and these will intensify in the second half of the year. In parallel, by the summer of 2019, the French regulatory authority will publish full timescales and allocate frequency bands that will form the basis for future 5G developments. The first commercial offers should therefore see the light of day from 2020.

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We create digital solutions that are accessible to everyone

Because digital technology creates opportunities for those who seize it, it can also cause exclusion. Indeed, a large proportion of the population still has no access to the internet and therefore can’t make the most of it. That’s why we use all our resources to make our solutions as accessible as possible.

across its 19 operating countries in Africa. Offering solutions that everyone can benefit from, including a low-cost smartphone that enables more equal access to the digital world.The 3G Sanza is a smart feature phone that’s unique in terms of its low price and high functionality.

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Renaud Francou, a futurist at the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération.
Digital technology can be seen as an accelerator of the “power to act” in our society, allowing everyone to have a positive impact and contribute to daily life as an individual and within a collective.
Renaud Francou, a futurist at the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération.
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… and help everyone use them

For digital solutions to enable development, people have to know how to use them. At Orange, we help everyone to understand how to use the latest technologies. We help everyone to learn the right tools, regardless of their age or where they live. Teaching young people the basics, raising awareness among teens of the risks, helping people find jobs, and supporting professionals in their ways of working… Orange has set up many awareness and training initiatives across all of its operating countries.

Orange Foundation is developing digital education programmes: "Ecoles Numériques" (digital schools) for the most underprivileged children in Africa, "Ateliers Numériques" (digital workshops), "Digital Centres" for unskilled and unemployed women and "FabLabs Solidaires" for young school dropouts.

Discover Orange Solidarity FabLabs. The goal? Offer free training that breaks with traditional teaching methods for young people

Talk about digital inclusion

We’re accelerating development in Middle East and Africa

The digital revolution is well underway in Africa and the Middle East, and Orange is helping to drive it. This revolution offers economic opportunities as it is a lever for inclusion. Thanks to Orange, millions of people now have access to banking services, and soon to energy, whereas previously they couldn’t take advantage of them.

In collaboration with the Goodwill Management consulting firm, we have measured the economic and social value created by Orange in certain African countries to understand how we contribute to West African CFA francs and equivalent jobs. 

economic and social value created by Orange

Elisabeth Medou Badang

Orange in Africa and the Middle East is a major player in the economic development of the countries: Elisabeth Medou Badang, Senior VP and Spokesperson for Orange Middle East and Africa, explains more about our approach.

 

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Women in Africa: we are  present at this year’s annual event

Women's entrepreneurship is one of the keys to Africa's socio-economic development. That’s why we actively support African start-ups, and especially those created by women. The Group also partners with the "Women in Africa" world summit, an annual event that promotes the initiatives and talents of women entrepreneurs on the continent and promotes discussion between women business leaders in Africa and around the world.

Find out more on startup.orange.com

Crowdsourcing, driving digital inclusion for women in Africa

Among the start-ups supported by the Group, isahit is leveraging digital transformation to help women in French- and English-speaking Africa acquire digital skills via its task outsourcing platform. Isabelle Mashola, co-founder of the start-up, explains how this participatory production means more digital inclusion across the continent.

Find out more on startup.orange.com

We're also transforming work and businesses

Digital technology has permanently changed the way we work and do business. But it’s just the beginning. At Orange, we help our employees gain new skills and adopt more agile ways of working. We also support our customers in their transformation, to boost their business development.

We encourage the development of sustainable products and services

Today no company can ignore the challenges we face in terms of our climate or society. Orange is responding by developing more energy-efficient technologies, promoting recycling initiatives and supporting companies that promote ethical and sustainable solutions. 

Ecodesign, a solution to protect the environment

Given the urgency of the energy transition, one of the things we can do is to limit our impact on natural resources. We are working in this direction by reducing the impact of our products and services starting from the creation stage using the ecodesign process.

Ecodesign at Orange

Ecodesign involves integrating environmental protection throughout the life cycle of products and services. This approach reduces their environmental impact from the creation stage by taking into account the consumption of raw materials and energy, discharges into the natural environment and their effects on climate and biodiversity.

Find out more about ecodesign