ORANGE INAUGURATES NEW SPANISH DATA CENTRE
PRESS RELEASE: The mayor of Santander, Gema Igual Ortiz, inaugurated the new Orange data processing centre in the city. These facilities, with 1,236 square metres of surface that are located in the Candina Industrial Park, will support the mobile, fixed and television telephony services that the company provides in Cantabria and neighbouring areas.
“It is very good news for Santander that a company like Orange has decided to locate this important centre in our city, occupying more than 1,200 square metres in the Polígono de Candina after an investment of 4 million euros,” said the mayor of the capital.
During the inauguration, in which she was accompanied by Luz Usamentiaga, general director of Regulation, Institutional Relations, External Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Orange Spain Foundation, and Iñaki Romero, director of the Orange Network in the North Zone, recognised that The City Council is “very satisfied” to host this new centre in Santander, where a dozen people work.
“All this confirms the importance of the city in the economy of the autonomous community. We continue to be the productive engine of Cantabria and we are going to continue developing projects and initiatives that favour the establishment of more companies in our city”, Gema Igual remarked.
In his opinion, Santander is an “ideal city to be born, live, create a life project and invest, so opening centres like these confirms that companies are also betting on Santander as it is a comfortable city, well connected, and has the support of the City Council to carry out their projects with the maximum possible agility and all the facilities”.
For her part, Luz Usamentiaga has commented that, “with an investment of 4 million euros, including the adaptation of the property and its technological equipment, these facilities represent another example of Orange's commitment to the Cantabrian capital in which it has invested close to 25 million euros in recent years”.
Of this total investment in Santander, Orange has allocated more than 6.6 million to deploy its 4G mobile networks (with which it reaches 100% coverage of the Santander urban nucleus) and 5G (with current coverage of 67% of the population, with the goal of reaching 90% by the end of the year). Likewise, the company has invested about 15 million euros in the deployment of fibre optics, to reach approximately 100,000 homes in Santander.
All this activity contributes to the city around 900 direct and indirect jobs, in network deployment, maintenance and sales force. On the other hand, Orange has 3 points of sale in Santander and a smart store.
Orange supports the most vulnerable families in Santander and Cantabria
On the other hand, it should be noted that, due to the health emergency, Orange has carried out different actions that are also closely linked to its commitment to Santander and Cantabrian society.
Thus, as part of its project # PacienteConectadoCovid19, during the confinement last year the company made more than 40 tablets and electronic devices available to patients and the elderly in Cantabria, to bring them closer to their loved ones, either from hospitals or from the nursing homes.
In addition, given that one of the axes of Orange as a responsible company is to reduce the digital divide, it has also taken its Gigas Solidarios project a step further in this time of pandemic. In this sense, the company has been working in the last year with 15 Cantabrian families in vulnerable situations, who have benefited from free Internet connection for a year, so that their children could continue their studies normally, as well from their homes, even in the harshest moments of confinement.
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