France Telecom

France Telecom becomes Orange

France Telecom will today ask its shareholders to approve the adoption of Orange as the official name of the company across all territories, marking the final stage of its transformation and the end of the use of the France Telecom name. The company has for a number of years used Orange as the brand for […]

Dailymotion reportedly ends deal talks with Yahoo!

Orange-France Telecom has reportedly ended discussions with Yahoo! about the latter buying a majority stake in its online video site Dailymotion, following objections by the French Ministry of Culture.  According to a report last week in French paper Le Monde, the government expressed misgivings about a US firm taking over one of France’s few preeminent […]

Cyfrowy Polsat denies web portal interest

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has denied it is interested in buying domestic web portal Wirtualnej Polski from France Telcom-owned Polish telco TPSA.  In a statement issued Friday, Cyfrowy Polsat said that though some synergies could be identified between Wirtualnej Polski and its own Ipla OTT web service, the pricetag of the Wirtualnej Polski assets […]

Globecast strikes Arise News deal

France Telecom-Orange subsidiary GlobeCast has signed a multiyear deal to provide HD playout, uplink and satellite capacity for Arise News’ new HD channel. Arise News is a recently launched 24-hour TV news network that broadcasts online and has a footprint in Africa and Europe. Arise News HD scheduled to launch today. Content delivery firm Globecast […]

Orange to divest Sonaecom stake

France Telecom-Orange has entered into a put and call option that will allow it to sell its 20% stake in Portuguese telco Sonaecom to majority owner Sonae. The call is exercisable by Sonae over the next 18 months and the put will be exercisable by France Telecom during the three months following this period. Both […]

France Telecom sells Orange Austria stake

France Telecom and private-equity group Mid Europa Partners have completed the sale of mobile operator Orange Austria following approval of the deal by competition regulators. The pair have sold the operator to Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian subsidiary Hutchison 3G Austria Holdings in a deal that values the company at €1.3 billion. France Telecom had a 35% […]

Orange moves to acquire full control of Dailymotion

France Telecom’s Orange is to acquire full control of online video service Dailymotion, according to local press reports. The company acquired a 49% stake in the company in early 2011 for €62 million and negotiated buy options that allowed it to buy the remaining shares over a period of time. Orange is expected to exercise […]

France Télécom and SFR move forward with fibre rollout

France Télécom/Orange and SFR have unveiled their joint plan to build a fibre optic network in Nantes and the surrounding region. Having begun laying fibre in the city of Nantes, the pair are extending the rollout to less densely populated areas, covering 23 communes in the Nantes Métropole area. The two operators have build out […]

SFR and Orange team up for fibre rollout

French ISPs France Telecom/Orange, and SFR have signed an agreement to cooperate on the deployment of fibre-to-the-home services in the country’s less densely populated areas. The agreement is targeted at delivering fibre services to 9.8 million homes covered by the two network operators outside densely populated urban areas. France Telecom will deliver fibre to 7.5 […]

Orange and Publicis to create digital startup fund

France Telecom/Orange and advertising agency Publicis Group have teamed up to launch a new venture capital fund to finance and develop digital economy startups. The pair have committed to jointly invest €150 million in the fund, and will invite other investors to join with a target of reaching €300 million. The fund’s targets for investment […]