Vivendi and Iliad founder Xavier Neal have reportedly waded into the Dailymotion saga by each offering to buy the video-sharing company from France Telecom .
France Telecom this week clearly spelled out its hopes for LTE as the operator reported a drop in revenue in the first quarter and described as 'ferocious' the ongoing price war in France's mobile market. Will LTE bring everything that Europe's operators are hoping, however? EE's first quarter suggests it's far from an easy ride, while one report also doubts that LTE will restore pricing power in Europe. Moving to LTE may be a 'no brainer,' but as is always the case in mobile, creating value and service differentiation to drive up revenue will be hard to do.
France Telecom is putting its hopes into new LTE services as the fixed and mobile operator continues to suffer from the ongoing cutthroat competition in its home mobile market.
European regulators plan to publish a blueprint for a single regional telecoms market in June and implement regulations before the end of the year, which is well ahead of original plans.
France Telecom Orange said its over-the-top communications app Libon will become compatible with Joyn and offer Rich Communications Services (RCS) later this year once the app has been rolled across the operator's European footprint.
France Telecom-Orange España, France Telecom's subsidiary serving Spain, has debuted fiber to the home services near the La Vaguada shopping center and a new set of fiber-based service tariffs.
France Telecom and SFR have jointly signed a new agreement with France's central government and Ile-de-France region to bring fiber to the home to major Paris suburbs by the year 2020.
France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard is cautioning handset vendors that fewer consumers are willing to pay the high prices being asked for high-end smartphones, which could impact the sales of Apple iPhone and others.
TeliaSonera said it will push forward with developing the future potential of its Spanish subsidiary Yoigo after failing to attract high enough offers in a prospective sale. The company was in negotiations with Vodafone and France Telecom, with unnamed inside sources suggesting that the Swedish telco was hoping its Spanish unit could fetch around €1 billion, according to Reuters .
France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said that the company's average revenue per user for its customers in France will decline at a faster rate this year than in 2012.