Orange Business Services has won a deal to help chemical company Solvay to improve the management of its employees’ mobile devices.

The Belgium-based company has selected Orange’s mobile device management solution to manage and secure its fleet of 7,500 mobile devices.

Based on the MobileIron platform, the solution is managed and hosted in the Orange Business Services Cloud.

Financial details of the deal, which covers 56 countries, were not disclosed.

Philippe Panis, IS Infrastructure Services Director at Solvay Business Services, said: “We became aware that we did not really have a bring-your-own-device strategy, nor sufficient control over our mobile devices.”

Anne-Sophie Lotgering, Senior Vice President Europe, Russia & CIS, Orange Business Services, added: “Management of mobile devices and protection of corporate data are crucial for an international company such as Solvay.

“Our fully-managed mobile device management solution will allow them to enforce effective security across all their users’ devices, ensure that corporate applications are kept up to date and keep mobility costs to a minimum.”

According to new data from ABI Research, mobile device management will help push the mobile application and services market to nearly $430 billion in 2021, up from $350 billion this year.

Over the same time period, the number of business customers with a mobile device or portable computer managed by their employer will grow from more than 875 million to more than one billion.

Earlier this week, OBS revealed that it had won a deal to provide network services to pharma company Merck.

The company saw revenues grow over two percent in the first three months of the year thanks to an increase in sales of IT and integration services.

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