SFR revealed further progress in the rollout of its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks as the France-based operator readies itself for the end of a 4G-network sharing and roaming agreement with Bouygues Telecom.
AT&T and Orange are joining hands in a new agreement to collaborate on new open source activities related to SDN and NFV, aiming at developing new standards carriers can follow as they implement virtualization in their networks.
Orange released a flurry of announcements this week involving the appointment of a new CEO at its Belgian unit, the completion of the Airtel acquisition in Sierra Leone and an investment in a smartphone financing venture.
Orange announced it is set to acquire Moldova's Sun Communications, the major cable operator in the country. The acquisition will enable Orange to move further towards its goal of becoming a pan-European quad play operator, with mobile and fixed line voice services, broadband and pay TV.
Operators are still digesting the potential impact of the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU), with most attempting to present a calm front in the face of plunging markets and share prices.
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.