Orange, a brand belonging to France Telecom, is one of the biggest telecommunications operators in France, providing mobile, landline, internet and television services for their clients.
The France Télécom company was founded in 1988, following its split from PTT. It became a limited-liability company in 1996.
After floating itself on the stock market in 1997, it bought a majority share in the British company Orange in 2000, then the remainder in 2003. The France Télécom Group has since merged all their mobile activities under one subsidiary: ""Orange"".
In 2004, the company became partially privatised and, following various further purchases, became the fourth largest operator in the world by size.
This group is present in 32 countries, employs more than 170,000 people (including 105,000 in France) and has almost 231 million clients.