Orange Business Services expands capacity in Latin America

30 August 2011 | Kavit Majithia


France Telecom’s Orange Business Services subsidiary has said it will increase the capacity of its Latin American network by ten times because of rising demand from its enterprise customers.

Beginning in October 2011, the network expansion will take place in Brazil and Chile, and extend towards Argentina, Peru and Panama – accommodating a rising demand for high-speed broadband services including MPLS, international Ethernet connection and video services to accommodate Telepresence.

“We continue to see increased global expansion not only by our multinational customers looking to grow in Latin America,” said Mauro Cruzeiro, VP of Latin America for Orange Business Services. “We also see more and more Latin American enterprises expanding within the region and beyond.”

Connecting Latin America to the east coast of the US, via Brazil, and the west coast of the US via Chile, Orange Business Services believes the upgrade will improve Quality of Service in terms of latency requirements, and support the growing demand for capacity from Asia-Pacific.

The expansion is a continued effort by the France Telecom-Orange Group to implement its conquests 2015 strategy, aiming to generate over €1 billion in revenue in emerging markets by 2015. It would, however, be difficult to describe the Latin American market as ‘emerging,’ considering the widespread growth the region has seen over the past year

As of March 2011, South America reached an internet penetration rate of 40.7%, surpassing the world average of 30.2%.