CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.
With an international reach in both private and public sector IT, our global supply chain delivers products and services to over 170 countries. Our team possesses the industry’s highest achievable accreditations, allowing you to focus on running your business – and not on managing your IT.
Public service heritage
France Télécom bought Orange when the European telecoms market opened up to competition in 2000. The Senegalese group Sonatel was founded in 1985, following the French model, at the same time as the merger of the Office des Postes et Télécommunications and Télésénégal. It was privatised in 1997 and then incorporated into France Télécom.
In France, the incumbent telecoms operator was rapidly becoming the market leader thanks to its network quality. It started to move all of its subsidiaries under the same name: Orange. At the end of 2009, Orange was present in more than 30 countries serving 123 million customers.
Then on 1 July 2013, following a vote at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, France Télécom also changed its name to Orange, starting a new chapter for a company whose internal culture was embedded in public service.
The name France Télécom is no longer used, but the extensive French telephone network owes a lot to its historic infrastructure, which subsequently led to mobile telephony and the dawn of a new revolution: the internet.
Digital revolution and new skills development
In a world where we’re seeing new technologies and services emerging every day, Orange continues to play an important role. Thanks to the skills of its employees and their attachment to the brand values, Orange remains committed to providing benefit-led technology.
Over time, the founding values have made their way into the corporate philosophy: Human Inside. This was created from the same vision that progress must be useful to people, and it has since guided everything we do regardless of where we are or our sector of activity. As society began to change dramatically, adopting more and more technology, the promise was incorporated into our 2015 strategic plan called Essentials 2020: which aimed to bring customers closer to what matters to them.
The story began in the UK, with benefit-led services and the ethos of putting people before technology.