International networks: for customers which are operators and large businesses
To add to mobile and fixed provision in countries, Orange deploys or (co)operates high-performance international networks. They answer the needs of operators and large businesses.
In fact, to support them in their use, our customers ask not only for a global presence, but also for the seamless control of our solutions, including with our partners. This enables Orange to offer secure international connectivity solutions.
- The international MPLS/IP VPN network, (IP Global Network IGN and AGN access network)
Like the IP network in France, this network is intended for the provision of private virtual network services (VPN), Internet, and Voice over IP. At the end of October 2015, the network included 714 points of presence in over 141 countries. The number of IPVPN accesses was 351,000 as at June 30, 2016, an increase of +0.5% over a year.
- The international transmission network
Orange has a very widespread international network in Europe, linking Frankfurt, London, Barcelona, and Madrid. This is the WELDON network (WidE Long distance Domestic Optical Network). One of the main distinguishing features of the Weldon Network is that the network is fully integrated with the French national network including the 25 biggest cities in France, allowing very strong capillarity and level of protection. Finally, taking into account the liveliness of the Asian sector, the Weldon international network is completed by a double ring on Singapore.
- The international IP network
The purpose of Orange’s international IP network, called Open Transit Internet (OTI) is to provide a worldwide Internet connection to the various national IP networks of the Group’s subsidiaries and also to operator customers, Internet access providers (ISP), and content providers. It is constructed on the basis of all the latest transmission and IP switching technologies.
In the middle of 2016, OTI linked 24 cities to each other (twelve in Europe, two in Asia, eight in North America, one in Africa, and one in the Middle East) by high speed 622 Mbps to 100 Gbps links, conveying several hundreds of Gbps of traffic at peak times. In the middle of 2016, the traffic conveyed reached 4.2 TBps.
Find out more: Orange is improving Internet connectivity in the Middle East by launching a new IP Presence Point in Amman, Jordan
- The IP Multiservice network
Orange offers sensitive flow transportation services as well as VoIP international traffic transportation services.
Orange uses satellite communications to ensure the connection to the general network of Overseas Departments, IP or voice links to other operators and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services for the business customers on land or at sea of Orange Business Services. To provide these services, Orange uses space capacity rented from satellite operators (Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, Arabsat).
- Undersea cables
In order to respond to the growth in international telecommunications traffic, Orange is investing in undersea cable systems either through consortia, or by buying usage rights. Thanks to Orange Marine a subsidiary of orange Business Services, The Group participates in more than 40 undersea cable and international consortia. This represents 450,000 km of cables, or ten times the circumference of the earth. Orange is continuing to invest in undersea cables. In particular, the commissioning of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable is planned for the end of 2016.