EE may be feeling lonely as the only LTE operator in the UK so far, but it looks set to get some company soon as Vodafone gives more details on its investments and rollout plans. Over in France, Bouygues Telecom has also outlined plans for its launch later this year. This all adds up to some much-needed momentum for LTE in Europe.
SFR is giving eligible fiber to the premises consumers in its serving region the option to upgrade from 100 Mbps to 300/50 Mbps. The service provider said that the new 300 Mbps option will be available to 90 percent of its FTTP consumers.
France continues to make headway with fiber to the home, adding 50,000 subscribers in Q1 2013, according to its telecom regulator ARCEP--up almost 70 percent over the same period in 2012.
The economic downturn, increased regulation that has affected call termination rates and roaming costs, and the onslaughts from over-the-top players have created a perfect storm for operators. Operators are now taking steps to protect their future businesses, and are exploring ways to boost revenue, but monetising data is hard to do.
France Telecom said it will adopt Orange as its company name starting July 1, in a move that will finally align the group's corporate and services branding. The move comes as Free Mobile launches its third assault on the French market.
Operators are well aware of the threat that OTT presents, although some of their views--for example, that subscribers only use OTT apps because they are cheap--may be slightly off kilter. Nevertheless, if operators are still in any doubt about the severity of the threat, two reports this week provided some stark figures to illustrate how big a threat OTT is set to become.
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.
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.