Orange Business Services wins €50m deal with car firm ZF

James Pearce
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Orange will support the integration of ZF's IT systems with TRW Automotive, a company it bought in 2015

Orange Business Services has struck a deal worth more than €50 million to provide connectivity, security and unified communications as a service to global automotive supplier ZF.

The deal sees ZF renew and expand its existing agreement with Orange for a further four years, with the French telecoms firm helping the car company integrate former TRW Automotive into its systems.

Both ZF and TRW, which it bought in 2015 for around $13.5 billion, were previously Orange customers, but will now integrate systems, covering both business VPN and hybrid networks, along with 13 services and solutions across 350 locations and 137,000 employees worldwide.

“We are happy to continue our productive partnership with Orange Business Services and to have had them handle the merger of the two networks of ZF and ZF TRW in such a professional and seamless manner,” said ZF Group VP of service centre IT infrastructure and operations Thomas Fiehm. “Thanks to our global Orange team and their professional support, we can better face the challenges of the automotive industry’s future as an efficient and united company.”

Services Orange will provide for the merged company include network with optimization, Internet connectivity, security services, UCaaS, video conferencing, and consulting.

“As a global industry leader in the automotive industry, it’s essential for ZF to be efficient and effective across the entire company, spanning the world. We are happy they chose to renew their contract with us, reaffirming their trust in our expertise and ability to handle the merger of both companies’ global networks and associated services smoothly,” said Helmut Reisinger, executive vice president, international at Orange Business Services.