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Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom – report

Altice could soon be making an offer for Bouygues Telecom

The CEO of Altice, Dexter Goei has indicated the French cable group could acquire Bouygues Telecom. According to a report, Goei said the firm, owned by billionare Patrick Darhi, would make a perfect candidate to buy the Telecom arm of Bouygues Group, a fellow French firm.

Ericsson, Millicom partner on Tigo Cash for West Africa

Mobile money services are popular in Africa

Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.

Swiss telcos form net neutrality agreement

Net neutrality is a hotly debated and controversial issue

The four leading Swiss service providers, as well as the country’s cable operator association Swisscable, have joined forces to formulate an official code of conduct on net neutrality. Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom and Orange, as well as Swisscable, are working to keep the internet open in Switzerland, according to an official statement from Swisscom.

Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud

NFV and the platforms that can capably run them are still nascent

Under threat from companies not traditionally viewed as competitors, telcos are racing to both offer cloud services to end-user customers and tap into the cloud to run core network functions in a bid to make their value propositions more competitive and infrastructure more dynamic. But cloud experts from Orange, Swisscom and AT&T have each voiced concerns around just how capable the sector may be at managing such a bold transformation with existing tools.

Orange Q3 revenues drop but says is on course for annual target

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Orange has reported a year-on-year drop in its 3rd quarter revenues but claimed it achieved excellent commercial performance, particularly in France, and in stabilising its EBITDA margin. It also claimed it is on course to reach its 2014 objectives.

Orange focuses on IoT in product showcase

Orange CEO Stephane Richard

Orange has announced a host of new products and services at its third annual hello show in Paris. The company seemed determined to address almost every aspect of modern life as it showcased some 20-odd products and product enhancements for “connected home, connected business and on-the-go.”

100Gbps Singapore-Europe submarine cable set for 2016 completion

A new submarine cable will connect Europe to South East Asia

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the work for a new 20,000km-long 100Gbps submarine cable connecting Europe to South East Asia via Middle East is under way. and is expected to complete by 2016.

Orange launches $50 smartphone in emerging market push

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Orange will launch a new, ultra-cheap smartphone in select emerging markets week, starting with Madagascar. The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 2 Maxi smartphone, which features a dual-SIM port, will be on sale for about $50.

Orange makes play for Jazztel Spain

Orange is seeking to converge in Spain

Operator group Orange said Tuesday it has made a cash offer for 100 per cent of Spanish carrier Jazztel, to the tune of €3.4bn.

Bouygues to cut 1,516 jobs as French M&A talks collapse

Bouygues Telecom CEO Olivier Roussat said the firm was cutting jobs to remain competitive in a four-player market

French multi-play operator Bouygues has announced plans to cut more than 1,500 jobs, after CEO Olivier Roussat told a press briefing that consolidation-focused discussions being held with incumbent Orange and fast-growing newcomer Iliad had stalled.

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

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The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.

Orange to sell Uganda stake to Africell

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French incumbent telco Orange has announced that it is to sell its 53 per cent stake in Orange Uganda to Africell, an aspiring pan-regional operator that currently provides services in the DRC, Gambia and Sierra Leone. The deal awaits approval from the relevant authorities, Orange said.

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.

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.

Millicom and Orange launch startup incubation projects

Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects

Operator groups Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects as they look to promote technological innovation in the markets they operate in.

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.

100Gbps submarine cable project gets operator backing

A project to build a 100Gbps 20,000km submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 mobile operators

A project to build a 100Gbps, 20,000km long submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 operators from around the world. Infrastructure vendors NEC and Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying the equipment, with NEC deploying the segment spanning Singapore to Sri Lanka, and Alcatel-Lucent deploying the stretch from Sri Lanka to France.

GSMA’s Bouverot sends operator-backed open letter to Kroes calling for European reform

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

The director general of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, has sent an open letter to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes calling for policy reform that will encourage investment in Europe’s telecoms sector. Bouverot secured endorsements from the CEOs of ten European operators with a combined European mobile customer base of almost three quarters of a billion subscriptions, according to data from Informa’s World Cellular Investors service.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange connect to RCS hub

Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to use a RCS hub from cloud communications solutions firm Jibe Mobile

Operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to an RCS hub from cloud communications firm Jibe Mobile, enabling interoperability between RCS and Joyn services hosted by third parties as well as in-network deployments.

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.

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