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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.

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.

Orange Business Services bolsters security services with Atheos acquisition

Orange Business Services acquired Atheos Monday for an undisclosed sum

Orange Business Services, the enterprise-focused subsidiary of telecoms operator Orange has acquired French cybersecurity firm Atheos for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal Orange will integrate Atheos’ 130 cybersecurity experts and personnel, and consolidate its security services under a new brand.

Orange puts own brand on LTE, Android smartphones

The 4G Orange Yumo

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.

Orange Spain deploys Viaccess-Orca solution for multi-platform TV offering

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Viaccess-Orca has announced a deal with Orange Spain that will see the telco adopt its TV Everywhere services for a multiscreen content service launched by Orange at the end of September. The deal comes in the wake of wins for Viaccess-Orca with Orange in France in 2011, Poland in 2012 and Romania earlier this year.

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One of the unintended consequences of an industry news site like Telecoms.com is its discovery by consumers desperate to vent their frustration at the poor quality service they’ve received from operators. Stories that mention operator CEOs, of which there are many on Telecoms.com—and in particular interviews or profiles of these execs—are sought out by overwrought consumers who post comments about their grievances.

Carrier billing gains traction among UK operators

All five of the UK’s mobile network operators have connected to Gemalto’s direct billing platform

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.

EC raids European operators over anti-competitive practices

The European Union’s antitrust regulators have raided the offices of European mobile operator groups Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica, according to reports

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.

EU and Japan team up to develop network technologies

The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.

Telcos will not win out in cloud says British Gas director of tech

Kassir Hussein, director of technology, British Gas

Telcos are not the natural providers of enterprise cloud services because they do not come from the software industry, according to Kassir Hussain, director of technology for Centrica/British gas, and a former O2, Orange and 3UK network specialist.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Orange board backs Richard

Orange CEO Stéphane Richard

The board of directors of Orange has issued a statement in which it publicly asserts “full confidence” in CEO and chairman Stéphane Richard, who has been arrested in connection with a corruption investigation in France dating back to 2008.

Telecom Italia joins operator M2M alliance

The collaboration was started by Deutsche Telekom and Orange in 2011

Telecom Italia has become the fourth European operator to join the Global M2M Association, a collaborative programme founded by Deutsche Telekom and Orange (then France Telecom) in February 2011. TeliaSonera joined in July 2011.

Orange tops UK’s broadband complaints

Orange continued to disappoint its broadband subs in Q4

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has revealed the telcos with the worst customer experience ratings in the country, with Orange generating the most complaints for broadband in the fourth quarter of 2012 and BT receiving the most pay-TV complaints.

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