Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with revenues of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 137,000 employees as of 30 September 2021, including 79,000 in France. With operations in 26 countries, the Group serves 266 million customers, including 222 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed-line broadband customers. Orange is also one of the world's leading providers of telecommunication services to multinational companies under the Orange Business Services brand. In December 2019, the Group presented its new strategic plan "Engage 2025" which, guided by social and environmental exemplarity, aims to reinvent its business as an operator.
Following the fire on 15 April 2019, the Orange Group, like many French and international companies, wanted to actively participate in the rebuilding of Notre-Dame de Paris. From the day after the disaster, the group made its engineers available to ensure the smooth running of the Fondation du Patrimoine donation site and provided a platform for collecting donations by SMS in France and in the European countries where the operator is present. Orange then set up various partnerships by supporting the cathedral's digital communication teams and also by providing the public establishment in charge of the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the project owner, with telephone services and equipment during its creation. In addition, in partnership with the City of Paris and Paris Musées, Orange offered a film tribute to the cathedral to visitors to the exhibition "Notre-Dame de Paris: from Victor Hugo to Viollet-le-Duc" at the archaeological crypt on the Île de la Cité.
Today, in close collaboration with the Diocese of Paris and the public institution in charge of the conservation and restoration of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, and with the support of the City of Paris, Orange and Amaclio Productions are offering a unique immersive virtual reality visit of this emblematic monument. The company is coordinating the project, financing the production of the "Eternal Notre-Dame" content and providing technical and marketing expertise. Finally, Orange will donate all of its revenues from this project (30% of the ticket price) to the public institution for the restoration of the cathedral and to the Fondation Notre Dame for the financing of the Notre-Dame interior design programme.
"Thanks to digital resources, Orange's technological knowledge in virtual and augmented reality, and an innovative French digital ecosystem, visitors to this experience will take part in a unique and exciting expedition. The cathedral will thus continue to live on in its three dimensions: spiritual, as a place of worship and prayer; cultural, as French, European and world heritage; and tourist, as a must-see place in Paris and in France."
Deputy CEO, Orange Group