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Orange CEO calls on rivals to drive consolidation in France

Orange CEO Stephane Richard said the operator is still prepared to take part in consolidating the French mobile market in order to reduce pricing competition, but called on the operator's rivals to take the lead because Orange does not want to take a driving role.

Numericable agrees to buy Virgin Mobile France for €325M

Numericable has agreed to buy Omer Telecom, which operates under the Virgin Mobile brand in France, for €325 million ($443.8 million) after the successful conclusion of exclusive talks with existing shareholders Carphone Warehouse and the Virgin Group.

Orange comes on top while Free lags behind in French regulator's network review

Orange has topped the French telecoms regulator's review of network quality in an annual evaluation of mobile operator services, while enfant terrible Free Mobile lagged behind in fourth place.

Altice, Vivendi sign final agreement on SFR-Numericable merger

Altice and Vivendi said they have signed the definitive agreement on the merger of their respective French units Numericable and SFR, dashing any last lingering hopes that opponents to the deal might have had that the planned union would fail at the final hurdle.  

France's operators gear up for LTE Advanced

Bouygues Telecom this week announced the launch of commercial LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services in a number of towns and cities across France, and SFR and Orange also took the opportunity to provide an update on their LTE-A rollout strategies.

France rolls up its sleeves to avert planned Bouygues job cuts

Bouygues Telecom finally revealed this week that it plans to cut 1,516 jobs or 17 per cent of its workforce as part of a transformation plan that the operator hopes will enable it to survive in a market with four mobile players.

Bouygues Telecom considers cutting 2,000 jobs as future hangs in balance

Bouygues Telecom is widely expected to announce between 1,500 and 2,000 job cuts after a meeting with its unions on Wednesday, amid ongoing rumours that the struggling operator is the object of take-over interest by its two main rivals, Iliad and Orange.

3 UK gets rid of roaming charges in 5 more markets

3 UK extended its Feel At Home plans that eliminate roaming charges for its customers into a further five markets, including the popular UK holiday destination of France.

Free Mobile faces probe over 3G network coverage

France's telecoms regulator Arcep is to open an inquiry into Iliad's Free Mobile to determine whether the low-cost mobile operator is meeting its 3G network coverage commitments under the terms of its licence.

If consolidation comes to Europe, let's hope bill shock doesn't make a return

I and many other consumers have benefited massively from competitive landscapes shaped by price aggressors such as 3 UK and Free Mobile. At the same time, operators have suffered from price wars, and in some markets are trying to consolidate in order to reduce the impact of competition.