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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
French operator SFR has teamed up with music streaming service Napster to make a co-branded product available on the operator’s recently launched LTE service.
French operator SFR, a subsidiary of media group Vivendi, said it has become the first operator to introduce commercial LTE services in Paris.
French group Vivendi has revealed plans to demerge its mobile operator subsidiary SFR. The group said SFR would gain greater freedom on strategy and developing partnerships as a result of the demerger.
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.
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.
French operator Bouygues Telecom has revealed it will switch on its LTE network in the next few weeks. The firm will use its 2.6GHz spectrum to deploy the service across eight cities CEO Olivier Roussat told local press.
French incumbent Orange has begun offering NFC-enabled SIM cards nationwide in preparation for what it calls the “mass deployment” of mobile contactless services. The UpTeq NFC SIM cards are supplied by Gemalto and, the firms said, are the first SIMs on the market to offer the same security level as chip-based payment or smart cards.
French mobile operator Orange on Thursday activated its first LTE coverage area in the city of Marseille, promising connectivity speeds of up to 150Mbps. The operator said Lyon and Nantes will also 4G coverage by the end of the year, followed by 12 other cities by summer 2013.
French low-cost 3G operator Free has managed to acquire nearly four per cent of the country’s market share in just 80 days.
Orange France’s VP of wholesale, Brigitte Bourgoin, has sent a letter to Iliad CEO Maxime Lombardini complaining of the strain that its subsidiary Free Mobile is putting on its network.