Belgium auctions two 5G bands for €1.2 billion
Belgium's first 5G auction is complete. Five operators collectively paid €1.2 billion for the right to provide 5G. Citymesh is a new contender. The organization will compete with Proximus, Orange and Telenet, three established operators.
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Telecom operator Orange denies the sale of physical network
A France-based Telecom company, Orange S.A, announced that they won’t be selling their physical telecom networks.
Formerly known as France Telecom S.A, Orange S.A says it is not selling its physical telecom networks, as per Ramon Fernandez, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Orange.
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Market authority raids Orange France on suspicion of abuse
According to an insider source, the French antitrust authority raided Orange France's offices on March 10. Allegedly, the operator's abuse of power violated antitrust laws.
Orange France is one of the largest telecom operators in France. The French government holds most of the shares.
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Spain spearheads Europe’s mobile market consolidation
The number of Spanish operators will decline if a giant deal goes through.
Spain is leading a fresh round of consolidation of the fragmented EU telecoms marke. According to reporting in the Financial Times, Orange and MasMovil said this week that they were in exclusive talks to combine their Spa... Read more
Orange will turn off 2G and 3G in Europe by 2030
By the end of 2030, Orange will have phased out its 2G and 3G networks in Europe, making way for network upgrading and spectrum reframing, which will enable more sophisticated 4G and 5G services.
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Orange Belgium activates 5G in Antwerp, rest of Belgium to follow
Orange Belgium activated 5G in Antwerp. Orange customers with a compatible subscription and device have 5G access starting today. 5G will "shortly" be deployed in Ghent, Bruges, Leuven and several coastal cities.
Orange Belgium is operating on a temporary license. Belgium's 5G frequencies have y... Read more
Orange invests in Move Capital I to boost EU B2B tech companies
Orange Business Services (OBS) and Move Capital have a common goal; to assist, support, and fund French and European tech companies in the B2B space. The investment in Move Capital I by OBS aims to facilitate the development, emergence, and sustainability of European tech sovereignty, a hot topic t... Read more
Europe launches programme for 6G Research and Innovation
Nokia, Ericsson, Atos, Intel, Orange, Siemens, TIM and Telefonica are all supporting the initiative.
This week the European Commission announced that the newly created Joint Undertaking on Smart Networks and Services towards 6G (SNS JU) adopted its first Work Programme 2021-2022. The programme h... Read more
Two big European mobile network operators discuss potential merger
Vodafone and Orange were talking about a potential merger without reaching an agreement. The merger can still happen.
French authorities aren’t in favor of a proposed merger between Vodafone and Orange, Europe’s largest mobile provider. The companies had been in talks a... Read more
Orange moves to enhance mobile tech capabilities across Europe
The operator has launched a new Tower Company to leverage mobile infrastructure EU-wide.
Orange has announced new business capabilities which have enabled it to strengthen its presence as a leading telecommunications company in Europe. The tech giant has launched TOTEM, its European TowerCo.
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