Orange France has become the latest European service provider to debut a new VDSL2 broadband service for its existing copper-based customers.
"Good luck, Randy!" That's exactly what four of Europe's Big 5 operators (e.g., Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Telecom Italia) told me when I asked the question: What do you think of AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's statement that he sees room to move the European market in the direction of the U.S. by investing in networks, shifting pricing strategies to encourage mobile data use and collecting more revenue as use increases?
Belgian's three main mobile operators have submitted bids to take part in the country's 800-MHz spectrum auction in November, meaning no new entrant wants to enter the LTE market there.
Europe's operators joined forces this week in a combined effort to lambast recent European Union proposals for a major reform of the sector, instead calling for greater freedom to consolidate and less oversight over issues such as pricing and network technology.
Orange launched a new wholesale service that will allow mobile operators to provide their customers with LTE services outside their domestic markets.
According to Bloomberg, operators including Deutsche Telekom, Orange and others are slowing or putting on hold major sales and other financial transactions as the market waits for U.S. operator AT&T to make an entry into the market.
Many see the planned merger of KPN's E-Plus business with Telefónica 's O2 Germany as a major test case for Europe's and Germany's antitrust commissioners, and Orange CEO Stephane Richard said he believes the deal, if approved, would trigger a massive shift in Europe's telecoms industry.
Apple unveiled two new iPhones to replace the iPhone 5 on Tuesday, the lower-cost iPhone 5c and higher-end iPhone 5s, and to the relief of Apple fans across Europe the new smartphones will now support LTE Bands 7 (2.6 GHz) and 20 (800 MHz), as well as LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz).
The French rollout of LTE continued to progress this week as French operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom revealed their latest developments in the race to cover the market with high-speed mobile services.
A commercial court in France has ordered Orange to pay $735,472 to Verizon Communications for overcharging the U.S.-based telco for access to its copper network. It found that the incumbent service provider was charging 2 percent above its actual costs for wholesale copper access.