Orange unveiled sweeping changes to its top management structure as part of efforts to realise the targets outlined in the company's Essentials2020 strategy for the next five years.
France's telecoms regulator said it has authorised Orange to conduct the first 5G trials in the country with a specific focus on the use of millimetre-wave (mm-wave) frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz for the new services.
Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR have all confirmed that they plan to take part in France's auction of 700 MHz spectrum assignments after each operator filed an application with the French telecoms regulator.
Music-streaming service Deezer has signalled its intention to list its shares on the Paris Euronext exchange after filing an IPO registration document with the French financial market authority (Autorité des marchés financiers or AMF) on Sept. 21.
Orange said it will use LoRa (Long Range) technology as the basis for a new Internet of Things (IoT) network in France from next year.
Afrimax, which last year formed a strategic framework agreement with Vodafone for Sub-Saharan Africa, has raised $120 million (€106 million) in funding to accelerate the rollout of LTE services across the region.
The CEO of Orange said consolidation could return to the French mobile sector in 2016 once the country has completed its 700 MHz frequency auction, which is scheduled to end later this year.
Orange and BT's ongoing buildout of Ethernet to more international locations has helped the two companies retain their dominant position on Vertical System Group's global Ethernet Leaderboard.
Orange appointed new CEOs for four of its businesses in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), placing an emphasis on executives with a strong track record in the telecoms industry as the France-based operator gears up for further growth in the region.
Iliad said profits rose sharply in the first six months of 2015 as the enfant terrible of the French telecoms sector continued to build its mobile market share and expand network coverage.