France's Orange and Google partner on data, cloud computing


PARIS, July 28 (Reuters) - Orange ORAN.PA, France's biggest telecoms company, and Google GOOGL.O on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership covering data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing services.

Google will provide its expertise in cloud technologies, analytics and artificial intelligence tools, while Orange plans to build a next-generation data analytics and machine-learning platform with the Google technologies.

"Google has been a long-term partner of Orange and, as Google is eager to invest in Europe - and especially in France - to develop new data centres, this is the perfect time to work on new services and opportunities in French and European markets," Orange chairman and CEO Stephane Richard said in a statement.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Jason Neely)

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