French operator group Orange’s business division has inked a deal with Korean device maker Samsung to build innovative, secure tablet solutions for enterprises. The two plan to work together on seamlessly integrating Orange services – such as device management, deployment services and customer support – within Samsung tablets for the enterprise market.
French operator group Orange has formed a strategic partnership with payment provider Visa to accelerate awareness and everyday usage of contactless payment technology in France. The operator has also launched a mobile prepayment solution called Orange Cash in the country.
Operator group Orange has launched two own branded smartphones in a bid to offer devices at more accessible prices. The Orange Yumo and Orange Hiro add to the operator’s existing original device manufacture (ODM) range and will be available in certain markets in November. Exact pricing will be announced with local availability.
French operator group Orange’s wholesale division has expanded its IPX (IP exchange) with a Diameter signalling offering allowing customers to introduce LTE roaming across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Canadian operator Rogers Communications has tapped Polish software vendor Comarch for a solution that allows it to offer a new loyalty programme to customers. Meanwhile Orange Switzerland has signed a BSS supply and managed service deal with Ericsson.
Ethiopia’s government has signed a $1.6bn deal with Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei, in a bid to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce 4G broadband to the capital Addis Ababa. The deal will also see the rollout of a 3G service across the rest of the country.
Operator group Orange is planning to launch a set of mobile payment services in Botswana and other countries in Africa and the Middle East, which it says will easy access to funds around the clock and bring new point of sale, online and ATM transaction options to customers.
All of the UK’s mobile network operators have extended their carrier billing offerings by connecting to Gemalto’s direct billing platform, the mobile security solutions provider announced.
French incumbent operator Orange has been hit with a tax bill of more than €2bn by the French government relating to a restructuring of the company eight years ago. While Orange plans to appeal the decision it must still make the payments that have been ordered, which total €1.95bn this month and a further €190m in September.
Orange and oil and gas group Total have forged a partnership in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stations in the regions, spanning a total of 13 countries to date.
Orange is launching an international money transfer service across three of its African markets: Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, targeting a sector where every year, €200m are moved between the three countries in the form of money transfers.
The European Union’s antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several European mobile operator groups. Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that it was one of the firms raided, while Orange and Telefonica were reportedly targeted as well. The operators are suspected of abusing their dominant position in the market.
The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.
French mobile operator Orange on Wednesday became the first in the country to launch Joyn rich communications services. The announcement marks France as the ninth country to introduce Joyn, while 14 operators in total have pledged their support to the GSMA-backed initiative.
Telkom Kenya, which operates fixed and mobile services under the Orange brand in the country, on Friday signed a 15 year outsourcing deal with Eaton Towers for the management of its passive network infrastructure.
Orange group CEO Stéphane Richard is being held in custody in France as part of an investigation into alleged corruption dating back to 2008.
Operator group France Telecom has officially changed its name to Orange, having used the brand name since 2000. The Group approved the change of name at its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting this week. France Telecom will become Orange on 1 July 2013.
Two of Tunisia’s mobile operators have signed a deal with with backbone operator and cloud services provider Interoute for the deployment of a submarine cable connecting Tunisia to Europe.
Operator group France Telecom’s own OTT communications app has now been made available for Android devices. The service, called Libon, was launched for iOS devices in November 2012.
Operator group France Telecom-Orange had signed a deal to allow pan-African tower operator IHS to manage over 2,000 towers across Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon for the next 15 years.