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.
Recent developments in the over-the-top (OTT) messaging arena indicate that operators are still trying to establish the best way of approaching this somewhat tricky area. That they have to find a way to deal with competing OTT players such as Apple, WhatsApp, Skype and others is now well established because of the impact on revenue, but clearly it's far from easy to chart a course in the OTT waters.
EE may have a Dutch CEO and French and German parents, but the operator is firmly nailing its British colours to the mast and may seek to further underline its "Britishness" through a London listing possibly as early as next year.
Orange in Spain blasted as unfair a new LTE network-sharing agreement between Telefónica and TeliaSonera's Yoigo. Reuters reported that Orange asked Spanish competition authorities to look into the deal, but that Spain's telecoms regulator did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There was good and bad news for Orange this week, after revelations from the operator that it faced a €2.15 billion ($2.84 billion) tax payment overshadowed more positive news that the price war on the French mobile market had begun to stabilise.
The Global M2M Association (GMA)--a partnership between Deutsche Telekom, Orange and TeliaSonera--has initiated its newest member, Telecom Italia. As the GMA continues to grow, it becomes more apparent that having each company use a different M2M connectivity platform adds complexity and cost to multinational, multi-carrier M2M implementations.
Orange is mulling the sale of its Dominican Republic business in a deal that could fetch up to €900 million ($1.18 billion) based on the current enterprise value, according to a Reuters report.
Any hopes that runner-up Orange may still have of obtaining one of the two licences in the untapped and potentially highly lucrative mobile market of Myanmar will have faded further this week after the two successful applicants unveiled more details about prices and rollout schedules.
Regulators from the European Commission raided the offices of major telecoms operators this week over suspicions that they are abusing their market positions and throttling services provided by suppliers of content that uses large amounts of data.
It's the step that France's incumbent operators have been dreading: enfant terrible Free Mobile is testing the sale of a mobile plan including subsidised smartphones in a move that could cause further headaches for rivals if the operator decides to take similar offers to the masses.