Orange unveiled a raft of changes to its management structure in Europe as it continues to discuss a possible deal with Bouygues Telecom that would have a profound impact on its positioning in France.
French billionaire and entrepreneur Xavier Niel reportedly approached UK regulator Ofcom to discuss a potential entry to the market by snapping up any mobile infrastructure CK Hutchison relinquishes in its bid to acquire O2 UK.
Arcep president Sebastien Soriano is closely following the progress of talks that could see Orange snap up Bouygues Telecom for about €10 billion ($10.9 billion), and warned that any deal must not harm competition in the sector.
Arcep asked French mobile operators to make specific plans for terminating network-sharing and national roaming agreements that have also been used to delay the construction of their own mobile networks.
France's Numericable-SFR unveiled a new management structure and revealed that it is seeking a new CEO to replace Eric Denoyer.
After weeks of speculation, Orange and Bouygues Group confirmed they are in preliminary discussions over a possible merger between Orange and Bouygues Telecom.
Orange and Bouygues Group faced fresh merger speculation after reports in France said the companies had entered into deep negotiations over an acquisition of Bouygues Telecom.
Bouygues Telecom deepened a partnership with network and subscriber intelligence company Astellia to cover radio optimisation on its Paris network.
Orange remained at the centre of takeover speculation this week amid continuing rumours that the France-based company is looking for acquisitions in its domestic market as well as in the wider European market.
France's four mobile operators invested a combined €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) in 2G, 3G and 4G networks in 2014, but regulator Arcep said more needs to be done to ensure more sparsely populated parts of France also have access to mobile broadband networks.