Thierry Bonhomme, CEO of Orange’s enterprise arm, said a need to speak the same language as its customers was the reason it has launched a public cloud service.

In an exclusive video interview at Mobile World Congress, Bonhomme also discussed how Orange Business Services plans to win in the smart cities space.

Asked why Orange is moving into the public cloud space, Bonhomme said: “It’s not a question of competing with the key players [like Amazon Web Services].

“We are not claiming we will be the leader, but we need to speak the same language as customers and customers are speaking the public cloud services language.”

The CEO also discussed the challenges he faces in delivering a range of services and technologies to a flagship smart city development in Qatar – a deal the operator announced last month.

You can watch the full video below.

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