France Telecom Orange has assembled a small team to build the company's brand in countries where it currently has no operations, according to a Les Echos report .
Iliad, the France-based competitive telco that delivers services via the Free brand, on Monday received €200 million ($251 million) to expand its FTTH and ADSL2+ networks from the European Investment Bank.
European operators are struggling on two fronts: escalating economic challenges within the Euro-Zone countries, and intense competition in a region where the market is saturated. The latest quarterly results announced by France Telecom and Telefónica provide insight into the impact these two factors are causing at a group level.
The French government says it will not accept companies like Bouygues Telecom and Vivendi's SFR using job cuts to cope with a price war now under way in the French mobile sector, and will present measures it hopes will prevent layoffs.
As government officials continue to look into the suicides of 32 France Telecom employees that occurred in 2008 and 2009, the spotlight has landed squarely on former CEO Didier Lombard, who was charged Wednesday with harassment by government investigators, Bloomberg reported.
Nearly six months after Free Mobile's commercial launch, every week brings further aftershocks to the seismic shift it has triggered. The new French mobile market landscape has not stabilized yet and the operational transitions initiated could pave the way to broader capitalistic adjustments at both Bouygues and SFR, and even at the European level.
Pioneering efforts by the four main French operators have seen over one million NFC-enabled handsets sold in less than two years, making France the European leader in mobile contactless services.
Orange Spain plans to build out a FTTH network that will be capable of delivering 100 Mbps speeds to homes and businesses in the country's major cities.
Private equity firms KKR and Apax are reportedly negotiating with Everything Everywhere's (EE) parent companies France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom over a possible £8 billion bid to acquire the UK's largest mobile operator.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Everything Everywhere (EE) have agreed to a partnership deal to focus on providing vending machine owners with M2M services.