Orange Australia lands global Rio Tinto deal

Communications integrator signs five-year contract with mining and resources giant.

Communications integrator, Orange Business Services, has secured a five-year deal through its Australian operations with mining giant, Rio Tinto.

The agreement will cover network and security services to over 280 Rio Tinto sites across the globe. This will include IT infrastructure, network management, WAN services including satellite and terrestrial communications access, as well as secure Internet gateways.

Orange and Rio Tinto started working with each other 10 years ago.

While this contract is for global deployment of technology by Orange, the integrator’s Australian branch is heading up the project.

Account managers, delivery of solutions, project managers will all be managed and coordinated in Australia.

“A lot of senior managers and people we deal with from Rio Tinto are based in either Brisbane or Perth,” Orange Business Services managing director, Gordon Makryllos, told ARN. Local Orange account and project managers have spent time fostering a good relationship between the two companies.

“Our strong understanding of the resources vertical and our generic capability around global network security was part of the reason we won this contract,” Makryllos said.

Orange’s deal with Rio Tinto is highly valuable and is one of the top three contracts the integrator holds in Australia.

Makryllos could not disclose the value of this new contract.

Orange Business Services is a part of France Telecom and has 1500 points-of-presence around the world.

Rio Tinto is headquartered in the UK.