France Telecom

France Telecom and Orascom settle Egyptian dispute

The Egyptian Government has brokered a deal between France Telecom and Egyptian entrepreneur Naguib Sawiris’ operator Orascom Telecom that will see the two firms remain partners in leading Egyptian carrier EMCS, which operates under the brand Mobinil

Swiss merger to deliver Orange Sunrise

France Telecom and Danish carrier TDC said Wednesday they have agreed to combine their Swiss operations – Orange and Sunrise – creating a new entity with fixed and mobile service offerings.

France Telecom holds fort in third quarter

European carrier France Telecom said Thursday that EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) dropped 5.4 per cent year on year during the third quarter of 2009 to €4.56bn from €4.8bn last year.

France Telecom replaces deputy CEO

To alleviate concerns over the number of suicides taking place among employees of French incumbent France Telecom, the carrier has replaced its number two executive.

Didier Lombard, president and CEO, France Telecom

As the man who controls the Orange brand—once the benchmark for mobile branding—Didier Lombard has more than 101 million mobile customers (proportionate, Informa Telecoms & Media WCIS), predominantly in Europe and Africa.

Telefonica, France Telecom and BT tough it out

Spanish powerhouse Telefónica, which owns the O2 brand, reported strong performance from its Latin American operations during the first half of 2009, although group net profit slipped 3.5 per cent year on year to €1.339m.

Orascom drops proceedings over Mobinil

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom said Sunday that it has dropped court proceedings against France Telecom over the long running spat involving Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil.

France Telecom takes bigger stake in Mobinil

European carrier France Telecom said Sunday that it has secured commitments from minority shareholders to acquire yet more of leading Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil.

Orascom rejects Mobinil buyout again

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom has rejected yet again an offer from France Telecom to buy out minority shareholders in leading Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil.

France Telecom remains resilient

European telecoms giant France Telecom this week reported that first quarter revenues were almost flat year on year at Eur12.7bn while EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) fell 4.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.3bn.

France Telecom fortifies African presence

France Telecom has taken control of Senegal’s leading operator, Sonatel, through the acquisition of a further 10 per cent stake from the country’s government.

France Telecom takes over Mobinil

France Telecom has taken full control of Egyptian mobile carrier Mobinil, after settling a lengthy legal dispute with local operator Orascom Telecom and shelling out Eur530m for Orascom’s holding in Mobinil.

France Telecom profit down, but not all bad news

European carrier France Telecom demonstrated a level of stability in a difficult economic environment, recording a year on year increase of 2.9 per cent in annual revenues to reach Eur53.5bn in 2008.

France Telecom expands into Uganda

French carrier France Telecom has expanded its African footprint under a deal with Ugandan new entrant Hits Telecom. Under the agreement signed at the weekend, France Telecom will take majority ownership of a new entity, Orange Uganda, which will control Hits Telecom’s existing GSM network and telecom assets. Hits Telecom Uganda acquired a GSM 900/1800 […]

Vodafone buys into Ghana

Still recoiling from its failed bid for TeliaSonera, France Telecom was struck another blow on Thursday as Vodafone picked up a controlling stake in Ghana Telecom, which the French firm was known to be eyeing. Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, said that it has agreed to acquire 70 per cent of […]

France Telecom pulls plug on ‘bad idea’

Monday morning saw France Telecom abandon its controversial proposed hook up with Nordic carrier TeliaSonera. The announcement confirmed what many already believed, that such a pairing would be unlikely. With recent acquisitions in Niger and Kenya, and a renewed interest in Ghana, it’s clear that the French operator has its eyes on emerging markets, which, […]

Orange UK hires three more Virgin execs

Tom Alexander, the founder and former head of Virgin Mobile, who joined Orange in October, has hired three of his former colleagues, to help turn France Telecom’s UK business around. Alexander, who officially became chief executive of Orange at the start of this year, is to be joined by Andrew Ralston, Gerry McQuade and Steven […]


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