Didier Lomdard, CEO and Chairman of France Telecom-Orange Group, just released the english edition of his new book, entitled “The Second Life of Networks”, along with co-author Georges Nahon and Gabriel Sidhom. Dominique and I were at the release of the book. Didier Lombard flew directly from Paris to hold his book signing in San Francisco (pictures), “the anchor for technological innovation in Silicon Valley.” The Book Explains How Upcoming Technologies Will Bring New and Exceptional Opportunities for Human and Social Progress But Calls For Specific Changes and


“We are currently experiencing the growth phase of the second life of networks. This represents a new and exceptional opportunity for human and social progress, one that is at least as important as that occasioned by their first life. It can also contribute to sustaining and reinforcing the economies of the developed world. It is unlikely, however, to do so by itself without strong and specific changes and reforms, chiefly a major disruption in the telecommunications value chain, a stabilization of the regulatory environment, and a renewed vision for the protection of peoples' private data.” Lombard said.

This was the opportunity for the two of us to catch up with some friends and with Dominique’s co-author Francis. Below is the minute long video that I shot to give you a brief look at the scene.

Make sure to get your hands on The Second Life of Networks before they sell out.


About Orange
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. France Telecom serves more than 172 million customers in five continents as of March 31, 2008, of which two thirds are Orange customers. The Group had consolidated sales of 52.9 billion euros in 2007 (13 billion euros at March 31, 2008). As of March 31, 2008, the Group had 111.9 million mobile customers and 12 million broadband internet (ADSL) customers.
France Telecom is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband internet services in Europe and one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris and on the New York Stock Exchange.

By Mathieu Ramage