Orange Business Services is launching a public cloud service for its customers in partnership with Huawei.

The France-based telco said the new offering would be available to companies across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April this year.

US-based businesses would get access in October, while enterprises in the Middle East and Africa would have to wait until 2018.

OBS said the launch complemented its existing private cloud portfolio and offered “a further opportunity” to provide hybrid cloud services.

Huawei will provide the hardware, develop the technology platform and OpenStack OS, while OBS will supply the data centre facilities, network and security infrastructure, customers’ infrastructure and applications management.

It mirrors the deal that OBS rival Deutsche Telekom struck with Huawei as it unveiled its own public cloud offering last March.

According to research house IDC, public cloud services will generate revenues of $195 billion in 2020, but telcos are up against the likes of Amazon Web Services in the marketplace.

Philippe Laplane, Director of Orange Cloud for Business, Orange Business Services, said: “Our customers have a genuine need for an international public cloud offering that will allow them to adapt to the uses imposed by new technologies and meet the challenges of transforming their IT services on a global scale.

“To continue to support them, it is essential for us to have the best technology, combined with the highest levels of security and services, that can meet the challenges of both digital transformation and international development.

“By collaborating with Huawei’s OpenStack experts, we are providing a secure and flexible platform built on an open architecture which will enable seamless end-to-end services, less vulnerability to tie in and ultimately more choice.”

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