France

Watchdog cancels deal between Orange and Apple

French mobile operator Orange admitted Wednesday that it has been struck a serious blow as the local Competition Council ordered the carrier to dissolve its exclusive iPhone contract with Apple. Although legal challenges to Apple’s exclusivity contracts with mobile operators have been raised in the past, most notably in Germany, the French watchdog’s decision is […]

Orange building Apple-style app store for IPTV

The mobile division of France Telecom, Orange, has confirmed plans to build an Apple-style app store for its IPTV service. Informa Telecoms & Media analyst, Rob Gallagher, revealed this week that Orange will lay the ground work for the marketplace at its annual Partner Camp event to be held in Cape Canaveral this month. There, […]

France Telecom posts reassuring figures

French carrier France Telecom reassured investors on Thursday with financial results that bode well for the European telecoms sector, according to analysts. The French incumbent posted a gross operating margin (equivalent to EBITDA) for the third quarter of Eur5.09bn, flat against the same period last year. Consolidated revenue climbed 2.3 per cent on a comparable […]

France paves way for mobile broadband harmonisation

The French Government this week laid the foundations for the harmonisation of mobile broadband services across Europe, announcing plans to share the so called ‘digital dividend’ between electronic communications and audiovisual services. France’s move follows the recommendations of the Digital Dividend Parliamentary Commission, which were published in the summer, and form part of the government’s […]

France gets iPhone 3G one week later than rest of world

European mobile operator Orange is to stagger its launch of the iPhone 3G, meaning French users will have to wait until July 17 to get their hands on the device. The majority of other first launch markets will be getting the Apple device almost a week earlier, on July 11, and this includes Orange customers […]

TDF flies WiMAX flag in France

European network service provider TDF has tapped Motorola to design and deploy 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France. The network will be operated by TDF subsidiary HDRR, which provides network services to broadcasters and telecom operators throughout Europe. The three year frame agreement, announced at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress yesterday, follows an […]

French connections: France country profile

The French market is facing an inevitable slowdown as it reaches saturation point. According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s World Cellular Information Service, France had a market penetration of 90.72 per cent in March 2008, up from 84.58 per cent for the same period last year.

Orange shifts 30,000 iPhones in 5 days

French mobile operator Orange said Wednesday that it has sold 30,000 Apple iPhones in the five days since the device launched November 29. At least 15,000 of those devices sold were also accompanied by a new subscription, according to Louis-Pierre Wenes, executive director in charge of operations for Orange France. Wenes did not say how […]

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