Orange completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Airtel in Burkina Faso through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire, further expanding its footprint in the Middle East and Africa.
France's mobile operators submitted amendments to existing national roaming agreements by the Jun. 15 deadline set by regulator Arcep, indicating that they intend to phase out such agreements by either end-2018 or 2020.
Telkom Kenya will continue to market services under the Orange brand for at least another 18 months according to local press reports, even though the France-based Orange group has now completed the sale of its entire 70 per cent stake in the operator.
Orange CEO Stephane Richard and Patrick Drahi, the president and founder of SFR parent Altice, indicated this week that they do not expect to see a further consolidation of the French telecoms markets at least in the near future.
Orange's European head said the European Commission has effectively put the stoppers on mergers in the region's telecom sector for at least two years, after competition commissioners blocked a planned merger of Three UK with O2 UK.
Orange is mulling the acquisition of further operations owned by Millicom International Cellular in Africa and has started informal talks with the company, Bloomberg reported.
Orange said it has become a board member of the LoRa Alliance, further aligning itself with the LoRaWAN standard for future Internet of Things (IoT) networks.
Orange is participating in an EU-funded Belgian drones-and-sensors project that it and partners iMinds and Rombit claim will "significantly optimise" the operations of Antwerp and its port.
Executives from Vodafone, Telefónica, and Orange were among those who called for the ITU to develop a white paper covering the energy efficiency of 5G networks, as part of a series of measures covering the energy consumption of telecoms infrastructure.
Bouygues Telecom reported good commercial performance in the first quarter of 2016, and said it is on track to return to long-term growth in sales and profits.