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West Africa, Russian mining companies opt for Orange

September 27, 2013 • Mining & Energy, Mobile and Telecoms, West Africa

Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. (Image source: Orange)

Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. (Image source: Orange)

Orange Business Services is providing secure satellite VPN services to improve communication between the Russian headquarters of Nordgold and the company’s Lefa mine in Guinea and the Bissa and Taparko mines in Burkina Faso in West Africa. Nordgold has six other mining companies in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Due to its rapid business growth in Africa, Nordgold needed to modernize its data channels to improve communication between sites while benefiting from a high level of network security, quality of service, an optimal price and the ability to prioritize traffic, especially video conferencing and voice over IP.

Orange Business Services has extensive experience in delivering infrastructure and services to high-growth markets and provides local support in 166 countries, including 28 African countries. Orange Business Services’ satellite solution allows access to the Orange IP VPN, covering more than 160 countries.

To connect Nordgold’s satellite stations – two in Burkina Faso and one in Guinea – Orange’s satellite teleport in France was used, coupled with a high-speed optical communication link with the Russian Orange network and the customer’s infrastructure. The implementation was supported by Orange Business Services experts from the Middle East and Africa.

“Nordgold adopts best practices for managing business processes at all its plants, and this also means daily interaction with the company management,” said Sergey Zinkovich, CFO of Nordgold. “The contract with Orange, a global provider of telecommunications services, guaranteed us a prompt and reliable integration of African units into Nordgold’s existing corporate infrastructure.”

“Orange’s international expertise greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the Nordgold project,” said Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. “The ability to implement trans-border projects of any level of complexity is one of the key benefits of doing business with Orange. We can help the growing number of companies based in Russia enter overseas markets just as easily as we can help international companies entering Russia, serving them with our solid communications infrastructure in Russia. We see from the GDP of Russia that Russian multinationals have a very successful track record in going global. We can help MNCs wherever their business takes them – including in Russia with our country-wide infrastructure and service offerings.”

Staff Writer

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