French operators SFR and Iliad's Free Mobile are in talks about merging their mobile operations, according to a report in the French newspaper Les Echos , which cited unnamed sources.
Alcatel-Lucent's strong relationships with French mobile operators is being challenged as competitors secure valuable infrastructure upgrade contracts in the vendor's home market, according to a report in French newspaper Les Echos .
LTE tariffs are already being driven lower as operators that pioneered the technology encounter growing competition, according to a report from ABI Research.
France Telecom said it will hire only 4,000 new employees between 2013 and 2015, down from the 10,000 staff it recruited over the past two years. The announcement triggered an angry response from the CFDT union.
The model of operators in mature markets taking in higher revenues than those in emerging markets could be about to change, if what is happening in France is a harbinger of the future.
France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said the company's deployment of LTE is critical to being able to charge subscribers more for high-speed data services. His comments on LTE pricing come as the operators struggles to combat low-cost competition and falling profitability.
City authorities in Paris agreed to a deal with France's four mobile operators on the installation of LTE antennas, which will allow the carriers to deploy LTE service in the French capital. The move follows months of disagreement over the transmission levels for LTE services after environmentalists raised health worries over the strength of mobile phone signals.
European Union regulators have turned up the heat on Hutchison Whampoa's agreed €1.3 billion takeover of Orange Austria and will launch a full investigation into the deal. Such a probe is likely to lead to greater concessions from Hutchison to seal the deal's approval.
Everything Everywhere, the UK joint venture between Deutsche Telekom's and France Telecom, said it will launch commercial LTE services in the "coming weeks," becoming the first UK operator to do so.
France Telecom is holding discussions with its French rivals--SFR, Bouygues Telecom and new entrant Iliad--on the possibility of cutting costs by sharing its 3G network.