FRANCE TELECOM:-Orange disposes its shareholding in Sonaecom, a Portuguese telecommunications operator, to Sonae

Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:34pm EST

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press release
Paris, 15 February 2013

France Telecom-Orange disposes its shareholding in Sonaecom, a Portuguese telecommunications
operator, to Sonae

Sonae and France Telecom-Orange have entered into a put and call option agreement on 15 February
2013 that will allow France Telecom to divest its entire 20% stake in the Portuguese
telecommunications operator, Sonaecom. Sonae, which currently holds a 53.17% stake, is already the
majority shareholder of Sonaecom.

The call is exercisable by Sonae over the next 18 months and the put will be exercisable by France
Telecom during the 3 months following this initial period. They are both exercisable at the same
price of 98.9 million euros. The price could be increased to 113.5 million euros if Sonaecom
participates in a material transaction (involving Sonaecom or its material assets) that
consolidates or restructures the Portuguese telecommunications sector in the 24 months following
the signature of the agreement.

This agreement is subject to the confirmation of the Portuguese Securities Commission (CMVM) that
no concerted exercise of influence results from this agreement.

This agreement secures France Telecom-Orange's stated objective of disposing of its minority
shareholding in Portugal under terms that allow the Group to benefit from the potential
consolidation of the Portuguese telecommunications market.

About Orange
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales of
45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2012, including
105,000 employees in France. Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 227
million customers at 30 September 2012, including 169 million mobile customers and 15 million
broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators
for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one
of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees,
customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a
concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human
resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group
will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience
thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York
Stock Exchange.
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