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Orange ‘shutters Silicon Valley base’ amid strategic refocus

Orange is reportedly closing its offices in Silicon Valley after more than 20 years of operating the technology innovation hub. The 28 staff employed at the offices will be redeployed in France and the USA, according to Le Monde Informatique.

The operator is said to have given union Confédération Générale des Cadres and affected staff just three days’ notice of the closure, with seven employees to be offered positions at Orange Business in Atlanta. The fate of Orange’s regional office in New York is not known at this stage.

An Orange spokesperson told Le Monde Informatique that the closure followed a “strategic review of the Group’s activities”, through which the operator has chosen to focus more tightly on its telecoms and business-to-business activities in its current markets. The spokesperson added that Orange will support the affected workers by offering them financial support that is “better than the market average”, as well as providing access to “various open positions within the Group” and a “job search assistance service”.

The move is part of the new Lead the Future plan outlined by Orange Chief Executive Christel Heydemann in February, which aims to create value and monetise the Group’s investments in 5G and fibre, and help the operator reduce costs, including through a restructure at Orange Business. TelcotiTans

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