Orange Belgium deploys Xbox gaming offer to drive 5G uptake

Orange Belgium has launched a new gaming bundle in partnership with Microsoft. The new ‘Ultra Gaming’ package includes an Xbox All Access offer. This consists of the next-gen Xbox Series S console with a 24-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which includes hundreds of high-quality games, day one releases and online multiplayer, as well […]

Telenet in talks to use Voo network to expand reach

Flemish cable operator Telenet has confirmed it is in talks with Orange Belgium to use the Voo cable network in the French-speaking part of the country to extend its reach, following press reports that the pair were in discussions. “Following the publication of a press article regarding the acquisition of the Walloon cable operator Voo […]

Ex-France Télécom chief Lombard convicted but with reduced sentence on appeal

Didier Lombard, the former president and CEO of Orange/France Télécom, has been sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, on appeal for his role in the human resources scandal that engulfed the company in the 2000s. The Paris Court of Appeal reduced Lombard’s sentence from one year in prison with eight months suspended, to which […]

Orange Moldova turns to Zappware for Android TV launch

Service provider Orange Moldova has launched an Android TV-based service using the Nexx4.0 technology provided by Zappware. Zappware, now part of the Zurich-based ZEGI Group following its acquisition of iWedia, is continuing to expand its Android TV deployments with the Orange group with this new hybrid IP and DVB-C TV offering. Zappware’s software brings a hybrid setup of DVB-C […]

Orange pulls Altice local channels in new carriage fee dispute

French telecom giants Altice and Orange are locked in a renewed battle over carriage of TV channels. Orange stopped distributing Altice’s nine local channels, including BFM Paris and BFM Lyon a week ago, a move first reported this week by French publication Stratégies. The move comes after the pair failed to reach agreement on carriage […]

Spain’s second-tier league to launch standalone channel with distribution across 10 platforms

LaLiga Segunda, the second tier of Spanish domestic football, has agreed non-exclusive broadcast deals with ten different platforms. Telefonica’s Movistar, the incumbent rights holder which previously paid around US$40 million per season for the rights, will carry the league’s new dedicated channel. LaLiga SmartBank TV will also be carried by Orange, Amazon Prime Video, Euskaltel, […]

Orange’s rivals slam copper net shut-down plan

Orange’s French competitors have expressed dismay over the country’s leading telco’s plan to shut down its copper network. In submissions to a consultation organised by telecom regulator ARCEP, the telcos cited lack of transparency and lack of ambition as their principal concerns. Orange has submitted a plan that would see it stop offering xDSL in […]

EC launches in-depth probe of Orange-Voo/Brutélé acquisition

The European Commission has opened an in-depth competition probe into the proposed acquisition of Belgian cable operators Voo and Brutélé by Orange. The EC said it was concerned that the deal may reduce competition in the retail markets for the supply of fixed internet services, audio-visual services and multi-play bundles including fixed-mobile convergent services) in […]

Orange sees TV base decline in second quarter

Orange saw its global TV base declined for the second sequential quarter in Q2. The operator had 11.56 million IPTV and satellite TV customers at the end of the period, down from 11.7 million in March and down from 11.77 million in December. The number was up year-on-year, from 10.49 million in June 2021, when […]

Orange Spain and MásMóvil to merge

Orange and MásMóvil have signed an agreement to combine their operations in Spain, following the exclusive negotiations that began in March. The €18.6 billion deal, which values Orange España at €7.8 and MásMóvil at €10.9 billion, is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close during the second half of 2023 at the latest. The merger […]

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