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Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs sticks with OBS for global ICT


Orange Business Services’ wins new, expanded agreement with the Belgian government department.

The Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs (FPS FA) has signed a new agreement with Orange Business Services to transform its global communications infrastructure.

The renewed and expanded contract is to overhaul network, security and application infrastructure across 118 locations in 87 countries.

FPS FPA has been an Orange Business Services’ customer since 2008, and will enjoy greater network resilience through the addition of integrated satellite services.

Resilience and security

Orange Business Services says the solutions will help deliver the high level of performance, resilience and security required by diplomatic staff to support Belgium’s interests and citizens abroad.

The new solutions support the Ministry’s cloud migration to Office 365 and its requirement to centralise critical data in Belgium.

Flexible SD-WAN is designed to ensure secure network and cloud connectivity with optimised applications.

Flexibility is guaranteed, according to Orange, with universal customer premises equipment (uCPEs) deployed at sites for virtualised services, with satellite covering remote locations.

WAN and LAN upgrades

There will also be an update of the wireless and LAN infrastructures in all locations, and managed security will be provided both at the network level and within the cloud.

The agreement includes an annual innovation fund of €800K for projects to help the Belgian Ministry stay at the forefront of technology development. The first of many co-innovation projects focuses on Master Data Management led by the Orange company Business & Decision.

“This new agreement is a key step in furthering the transformation of the Belgian FPS FA. Orange has extended knowledge in this field serving tens of different Ministries of Foreign Affairs worldwide. We are incredibly excited to continue this partnership with a focus on innovation to help deepen our expertise as the best partner to protect data of Belgian officials and citizens abroad,” said Fabrice de Windt, Senior Vice President, Europe, Orange Business Services