France Telecom Seeks Technology Collaboration and Partnerships
March 01, 2007

  • Collaboration opportunities with France Telecom.
  • For Canadian advanced technology enterprises, academia and government
  • Targeting technologies aligned with France Telecom’s technology focus
  • Respond by: April 15, 2007


Phone: (613) 236-6550


Call to Action:
Confirm your interest in Doing Business with France Telecom by email to Muriel Debroy.

Ottawa, March 2, 2007 ... France Telecom is one of the world’s leading telecommunications carriers with over 147 million customers on 5 continents (220 countries). It is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges under the symbol (NYSE: FTE). As a member business service, we are conducting a search for collaborators on their behalf.

Additional information on the company is available at

France Telecom’s ambition is to be the first integrated telecoms operator in Europe and leader for convergence, delivering a ‘New Experience of Telecoms’ for its customers. This includes the rebranding of Equant and Wanadoo on 1 June 2006 - forming part of an international strategy to use the Orange brand commercially for mobile, fixed-line, broadband, multi-play and business offerings. This means a simple, single-company experience for customers as well as an exciting new generation of enhanced communications and converged services.

The company has strategic partnerships and alliances with some of the world’s leading suppliers and operators, meaning that it can serve business customers in more ways and in more parts of the world than anyone else. Its R&D labs span three continents.

As part of its partnership and alliance strategy, France Telecom wishes to conduct a search for innovative Canadian organizations developing technologies and capabilities that are a strategic match with its business needs.

Technology Focus List:

Interest for partners and new solutions in areas, such as: Satellite connectivity for Telemedicine in remote regions

Next generation of patient records through Telemedicine and distribution (e.g., new technologies that would provide an instant messaging distribution network)

RFID in healthcare (asset management/ locator services for patients/resources), generally, Telemedicine from a patient's perspective – technologies making it simple and easy

Wireless and mobility in Telemedicine solutions

Qualification of Interests and Next Steps:

  • Review France Telecom’s Focus List (see above) and determine your organization's area of interest.
  • Ensure that your organization has relevant published scientific papers, presentations and/or patents that can be reviewed by the France Telecom evaluation team.
  • Contact CATAAlliance with your expression of interest, providing key contact and background information. Your organization will then be provided with a simple template for completion.
  • Confirm your CATA membership status. Processing fees may apply
  • All expressions of interest must be submitted by April 15th, 2007, 17:00 EST by email to Muriel Debroy

    Future Focus Technologies and Platforms
  • France Telecom will review information from selected candidates to determine which areas are of specific interest for future follow-up.
  • France Telecom will coordinate internally to make sure that each selected Canadian company would be able to meet with the appropriate Director. Follow-up could take several forms including teleconference, videoconferences and site visits (R&D Labs, see below) to determine the appropriate vehicle for collaboration.

France Telecom: R&D Lab in Boston: depending on level of interest, qualified candidates will be invited to briefing sessions at the France Telecom R&D Lab in Boston. The Lab’s mission is to turn technologies from the “Ecosystem” into innovative products and services through mobilizing the resources of a small, multidisciplinary international team, able to quickly leverage a pool of global resources and apply rapid prototyping to real world business problems…