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Orange, Airtel see m-payment take-up in Africa

Mobile operator Orange said Monday that is has reached a total of four million mobile payment customers across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.

Orange to invest €300mn in Spanish FTTH network

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Orange has revealed plans to invest around €300mn over the next four years in a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network which will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps to around 1.5mn homes and businesses in the country’s biggest cities, with the first connections to be switched on before the end of this year.

Vodafone and Orange launch low-cost smartphones

Vodafone has launched the Smart II smartphone, priced at £70 in the UK

Vodafone has launched its own £70 smartphone in a bid to appeal to consumers who are currently missing out on the “smartphone revolution”. The Vodafone Smart II handset runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and has a Broadcom 21552 CPU with an 832MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.

Free reveals extent of its disruption

Free Mobile reveals it has won 4 per cent of the French market in just 80 days

French low-cost 3G operator Free has managed to acquire nearly four per cent of the country’s market share in just 80 days.

Everything Everywhere rues impact of MTR cuts

Everything Everywhere says that service revenues would have grown were it not for the impact of MTR cuts in the UK

Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has posted a drop in service revenue of 2.5 per cent to reach £1.5bn in its first quarter earnings statement.

Bienaimé, Orange: “Mobile broadband and consumer electronics will meet very rapidly”

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, is the senior vice president of strategy & communications for Orange and chairman of the UMTS Forum

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, is the senior vice president of strategy & communications wholesale for Orange and chairman of the UMTS Forum. Ahead of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 at the CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, Telecoms.com catches up with him to get his views on the future of the mobile industry.

Orange looks to revitalise video conferencing

Orange has introduced a new cloud-based Telepresence service

Orange Business Services, the France Telecom owned brand, has announced the latest attempt to revitalise video conferencing, saying that conditions were now right for the technology to succeed. At a press event that connected London, Paris and Beijing through its cloud-based video conferencing solution Telepresence Pass, the chief executive for Orange Business Services, Vivek Badrinath, said that a crucial difference of over previous iterations of the technology was that it was cloud-based enabling it to be fully managed by Orange.

Orange pledges LTE across Europe by 2015

Orange has announced a commitment to cover Europe with LTE by 2015

International carrier Orange/France Telecom has committed itself to rolling out LTE networks across ten European countries by 2015. France Telecom’s CEO Stéphane Richard made the announcement at a meeting with the European Commission in Brussels this week.

Orange offers Visa mobile prepaid accounts in Africa

Airtel plans to expand in Africa

The carrier is offering Orange Money subscribers in the region applications such as person to person transfers, bill payments, and agent-based cash-in and cash-out services for loading or withdrawing funds.

MWC: Orange injects some innovation into its roaming services

Orange is partnering with water services specialist Veolia Water

Orange’s new roaming tariffs, launched at the Mobile Wold Congress in Barcelona today, are a good example of the type of new approach operators need to take to stimulate use of mobile services while abroad.

MWC: Orange injects some innovation into its roaming services

LTE is now the fastest growing mobile network technology ever

Orange’s new roaming tariffs, launched at the Mobile Wold Congress in Barcelona today, are a good example of the type of new approach operators need to take to stimulate use of mobile services while abroad.

MWC: Launch of RCSe services by Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange in Spain

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Mobile operators need to go short if they want to go along with their customers. RCSe can rejoin the broken links between operators and their customers, at a cost.

MWC: Orange is first to deliver exclusive new smartphone powered by Intel technology

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After several attempts to get into the mobile market, Intel has finally revealed the first commercial phone powered by its Atom chipset. The phone is co-designed, co-branded by Intel and the French operator Orange, and is manufactured by the Taiwanese PC maker Gigabyte Technology.

Hutchison to buy Orange Austria

Orange Austria, owned by France Telecom, is to be acquired by Hong Kong’s Hutchison, which competes with Orange through its 3 Austria operation. The deal, worth €1.3bn, consolidates the third and fourth players in the Austrian market.

Everything Everywhere announces £1.5bn network investment

Everything Everywhere is investing £1.5bn over three years

UK communications firm Everything Everywhere, which owns and operates the British Orange and T-Mobile brands, has announced that it is to invest £1.5bn ($2.4bn) in a three-year network evolution programme. The project will accelerate the integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks and ready them for LTE through the “implementation of 4G-ready technology following successful trials,” the firm said.

Facebook and Orange team up on dedicated handsets

The Alcatel One Touch 908F, developed in collaboration with Orange and Facebook

International mobile operator Orange has announced a collaboration with Facebook on a range of sub-€100 handsets described by Facebook’s head of mobile, Henri Moissinac, as featuring “the best set of integrations so far” of any device the social networking firm has co-developed. Orange said consumers who buy the handsets, which are built by Alcatel, will get “unlimited” access to Facebook as part of their data plan.

Patrice Slupowski, VP – Digital Innovation, Orange

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Telecoms.com talks to Patrice Slupowski, VP – Digital Innovation of Orange at Broadband World Forum 2011.

Orange, T-Mobile to share Polish network

T-Mobile and Orange have taken their network sharing agreement to a new country following the UK

Orange’s Polish operation, PTK Centertel, and T-Mobile’s PolskaTelefoniaCyfrowa this week signed an agreement to share their radio access networks. The network will be managed by a new joint venture called NetWorkS! owned 50-50 by the two operators and responsible for the management, planning, support, development and maintenance.

TeliaSonera joins FT/DT M2M collaboration

TeliaSonera brings a Nordic element to the partnership

Nordic and Baltic carrier TeliaSonera has joined the collaborative M2M programme announced by Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011. The project was put in place to create seamless international M2M services across the portfolios of the German and French incumbents. At launch the agreement covered France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, with the Netherlands and the UK joining subsequently. The addition of TeliaSonera adds Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lituania into the mix.

ZTE predicts smartphone sales of 80 million this year

ZTE says its Blade handset has sold over 2 million units to date

ZTE’s Blade touch-screen handset has racked up sales in excess of two million, making it one of the best-selling smartphones globally. The device, which was first sold in the UK in 2010 under the brand “San Francisco” by carrier Orange, is sold in 30 regions, with ZTE saying it has “successfully penetrated Japan and Finland, the home markets of major ZTE competitors.” The uptick in sales for the Chinese manufacturer comes on the back of its announcement of projected sales of 80 million devices this year, up from 60 million in 2010.

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