Telecommunications giant Orange has become the official technical supplier for the 2012/13 Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race.
Orange will supply all the telecommunications solutions for the race through its Orange Events Solutions division at all race sites.
It will deploy telephone services, high-speed cabling, LAN and wifi access and mobile telephone services for the use of crews, race staff and media. Orange will have a full-time technical team working on the project.
The latest edition of the Vendée, regarded as one of the most demanding events in sailing, begins on 10th November. 20 boats are currently confirmed for the race.