PRESS RELEASE: Orange Business Services has strengthened its partnership with Philip Morris International (PMI) to provide global communications services until the end of 2021. Headquartered in New York, PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six of the world’s top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets.
PMI is also making significant investments in the development and commercialization of a range of products with the potential to reduce individual risk and population harm in comparison to smoking cigarettes. Its ambition is that all smokers switch from cigarettes to less harmful alternatives as soon as possible.
As part of this latest contract extension, Orange Business Services will deliver a range of managed services to 40,000 users worldwide, including a hybrid network and unified communications in more than 400 sites across four continents.
PMI will continue to leverage the capabilities the two companies have created together, including the deployment of Microsoft Skype for Business. Today’s solutions help empower staff and facilitate flexible work arrangements at home, in the office or on the go.
Orange is also deploying a hybrid network for PMI to handle the insatiable bandwidth demands from video, connected devices and rich media. The hybrid network is a key enabler of PMI, to access real time and rich media content both on private or public clouds, with the necessary security and reliability.
“We believe that hybrid networks are the glue to make digital components come together as digital reality, and we are looking forward to our future projects with Orange Business Services,” said Terry Coates, Vice President, Global Technology Services, Philip Morris International.
“We are proud to be a key business partner of PMI since 2001 and welcome the extension of our contract. We are fully on board to further support PMI’s digital transformation with our next-generation networks and commitment to provide an unmatched experience for our long-standing customer,” said Anne-Sophie Lotgering, Senior Vice President Europe, Russia & CIS, Orange Business Services.