Orange Business Services and Sorin Group Awarded Best Change-Maker for Innovations in Remote Health Monitoring and Telemedicine

A highlight at this year’s annual World Communication Awards (WCA) was Orange Business Services, and Sorin Group, a global leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, being named “Best Change-Maker” for their innovative work in the development of a remote monitoring solution for cardiac patients. The Best Change Maker Award from WCA is the telecommunications industry’s most prestigious prize for monumental business achievements.

The remote health monitoring solution designed by Sorin Group and Orange leverages M2M and e-Health technologies that seamlessly record readings from implanted cardiac rhythm management devices and transmit the findings through an IP network to their physicians for evaluation. The WCA recognized the solution for its unique ability to follow cardiac disease progression based on Sorin Group’s intelligent features, as well as the balanced mix of security, applications development and solid infrastructure by Orange to deliver easy-to-access data for the physician. With the objective of improving the quality of life for patients, the solution paves the way for convenient pinpoint accurate care, to raise the bar in healthcare.

“Orange and Sorin’s remote health monitoring solution is a technological leap forward in making telemedicine a viable form of treatment for cardiac patients,” said Barbara Dalibard, president and CEO, Orange Business Services. “We are honored to receive this special recognition from the WCA, as it shows our commitment to deliver real-time business solutions that improve people’s personal lives.”

“We are delighted to be recognized as a company providing innovative and high-end medical technology that benefits the patients from the comfort of their own home,” said Stefano Di Lullo, President of the CRM Business Unit of Sorin Group. “Remote monitoring is another demonstration that Sorin Group is committed to providing patient-focused advanced solutions in the field of cardiac disease management.”

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 126 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2008, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros (38.1 billion euros for the first nine months of 2009) and at Sept. 30, 2009, the Group had a customer base of 190 million customers in 32 countries. These include 128.8 million mobile customers and 13.4 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers worldwide. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number two provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunications services to multinational companies.

The Group’s strategy, which is characterized by a strong focus on innovation, convergence and effective cost management, aims to establish Orange as an integrated operator and benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. Today the Group remains focused on its core activities as a network operator, while working to develop its position in new growth activities. To meet customer expectations, the Group strives to provide products and services that are simple and user-friendly, while maintaining a sustainable and responsible business model that can be adapted to the requirements of a fast-paced and changing eco-system.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

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