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Orange launches Alliance partnership programme

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French incumbent Orange has launched a partnership programme through which it intends to offer scale benefits and wholesale services to smaller operators. The first operators to sign up to the Orange Alliance programme are French-Polynesian firm Vini and third-placed Portuguese player Zon Optimus.

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The Informer has often thought that it would be fun to work in France. He is full of admiration for the two-hour lunch; the 35 hour working week and the Gallic shrug. Well the country has gone one better this week, bringing in rules to protect employees from being disturbed by work email when outside of office hours.

Vivendi accepts Altice’s offer for SFR

Vivendi has confirmed it has accepted investment vehicle Altice’s offer for its mobile operator subsidiary SFR

French conglomerate Vivendi has accepted investment vehicle Altice’s offer for its mobile operator subsidiary SFR. Under the terms of the offer SFR will merge with Altice subsidiary and cable operator Numericable and Vivendi will receive €13.5bn for SFR as well as a 20 per cent stake in the new merged entity. The firm estimates the total value of the offer at around €17bn.

Orange Business Services forms cloud alliance with Accenture

Orange and Accenture have teamed up to help enterprises move their infrastructure to the cloud

Operator group Orange’s enterprise-focused unit has teamed up with management consultancy and technology services provider Accenture to help large enterprises devise their cloud strategies. The two firms will also set out to support enterprises moving their infrastructure and applications to the cloud.

Bouygues extends SFR purchase offer

Bouygues Telecom is persisting with its efforts to acquire rival operator SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.

Bouygues ups offer for SFR again

Bouygues Telecom has submitted another improved offer to French conglomerate Vivendi for rival SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom is not admitting defeat in its pursuit to acquire rival SFR, having again increased the cash part of its offer to parent group Vivendi. The offer now stands at €13.15bn.

Orange investigating staff suicides

Nine Orange employees have committed suicide in 2014

French operator group Orange has reacted to concerns voiced by a union-led independent monitoring group that nine of its employees committed suicide from January 15th 2014 to February 25th 2014. The Observatoire du Stress et des Mobilités Forcées suggested this was as many suicides as the operator’s staff committed during the whole of 2013 and claimed that at least seven of the suicides were work-related.

Vivendi cosies up to Altice for SFR sale

Vivendi has entered into "exclusive negotiations" with Vivendi over the ownership of French mobile operator SFR

French conglomerate Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with cable company Altice over the sale of mobile operator SFR. The move rebuffs an alternative proposal from rival operator Bouygues Telecom.

Bouygues increases offer for SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom has submitted an improved offer to conglomerate Vivendi to take ownership of rival SFR.

Bouygues to sell network and spectrum to Free if SFR deal goes through

Bouygues Telecom has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.

SFR fields merger bids from Bouygues, Altice

Vivendi has offers for SFR from two suitors

French conglomerate Vivendi was on Thursday fielding two competing bids for France’s second largest mobile operator, SFR. Both Bouygues Telecom and French cable operator Altice submitted merger offers.

Bouygues Telecom and SFR enter into network sharing agreement

Bouyges Telecom and SFR have agreed to roll out a shared network covering 57 per cent of the French population

French operators Bouyges Telecom and SFR have agreed to roll out a shared network covering 57 per cent of the French population. The operators will create a joint venture to manage the shared base station assets and a RAN share covering 2G, 3G and LTE services in the area covered by the network.

Orange includes European roaming in high-end contracts

Orange has said it has included roaming services in high-end tariffs for customers travelling across its entire European footprint

French operator group Orange has said it has included roaming services in high-end tariffs for customers travelling across its entire European footprint. The operator has also launched an online portal to enable customers to remotely top up mobile credit for over 350 operators globally.

France’s Bouygues Telecom launches “roam like at home” plan

Bouyges Telecom has introduced a plan that offers subscribers unlimited voice and text and 3GB of data to be used to and from all European countries and French overseas regions

French operator Bouyges Telecom has introduced a plan that offers subscribers unlimited voice and text and 3GB of data to be used to and from all European countries and French overseas regions. The Sensation plan will be priced from €29.99 per month.

French threat prompts UK operators to strike Channel Tunnel deal

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel from March 2014

UK network operators were reluctant to invest in providing services within the Channel Tunnel until Eurotunnel, the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, threatened to offer the provision of network coverage exclusively to French operators.

EE and Vodafone offer Channel Tunnel network coverage

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel

UK operators EE and Vodafone have signed 10 year contract with the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, Eurotunnel. The agreements will enable both operators’ subscribers to use 2G and 3G services while travelling on the rail line 100m below sea level.

Orange devises holiday plan for tourists in France

Orange has devised an offer aimed at tourists travelling to France

As the European Commission’s push to bring down roaming rates across the region gains traction, French operator group Orange has devised an offer aimed at tourists travelling to France, in a bid to combat bill shock.

Vivendi confirms plans to demerge SFR

Vivendi's board has unanimously voted to demerge its mobile operator business SFR

The board of French multimedia group Vivendi has unanimously voted to demerge its mobile operator business SFR, following a formal study launched in September this year.

Orange and Visa team up on NFC payments in France

Orange has launched Orange Cash and announced a strategic partnership with Visa

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.

French regulator to impose sanctions on Google over data protection

France's CNIL said that it will impose sanctions on Google over its data protection policy

French data protection watchdog the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has warned Google that it will be imposing sanctions on the firm, in accordance with French data protection law.

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