Stéphane Richard

Richard: Orange looking to get closer to Vivendi

Orange could forge a closer relationship with Vivendi and Canal+ and the pair are in permanent dialogue, according to Orange CEO Stéphane Richard. In an interview with French daily La Tribune, Richard said that orange and Vivendi had plenty of things to exchange given that Vivendi was a content player and Orange was a distributor […]

French government ‘ready to approve’ Orange-Bouygues deal

The French government is ready to approve Orange’s planned acquisition of Bouygues Telecom under a deal that would see parent company Bouygues take a 12% stake in the operator, according to business news service BFM TV. According to the news channel, economy minister Emmanuel Macron met Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Bouygues boss Martin Bouygues […]

Orange to review content strategy, but no plans for origination

Orange is to review its content strategy, but will stop short of investing in its own original content, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Speaking at an analyst presentation after the company released its full-year results this week, Richard said that the company’s executive committee has been charged with organizing a seminar on future content options. […]

Orange chief confident of Bouygues deal, but hurdles remain

Orange chief executive Stéphane Richard has expressed his confidence that talks with media-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues over the acquisition of its telecom arm should conclude around the end of this month. Reuters reported Richard as saying that the talks had a “positive dynamic” and that negotiations should be concluded at the end of February or the […]

Richard: Orange will be convergent player in all markets

Orange chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard has reiterated that he plans to establish the company as a convergent player in all the markets in which it operates, which may involve mergers and acquisitions or organic launches in countries including Belgium.  Speaking to analysts after Orange reported solid full-year results, Richard ruled out any role for […]

BT to decide on EE or O2, Vodafone denies Liberty Global interest

BT is expected to make a choice between acquiring EE and O2 by Christmas, according to Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, whose company co-owns EE with Deutsche Telekom.  Richard told journalists at the Sommet de l’Economie event in Paris that BT, which is in talks with both Orange and Deutsche Telekom, owners of EE, and Telefónica, […]

Orange strikes deal with Netflix, unveils plan for own SVoD service

Orange is set to become the second French telecom operator to agree to distribute Netflix, with CEO Stéphane Richard confirming that the service provider has struck a deal with the subscription VoD provider. Following Bouygues Telecom’s deal with Netflix, Orange has signed a deal with the US OTT provider to make its services available via […]

Android is a ‘Trojan Horse’, says Orange chief

Google’s Android platform is a “Trojan Horse” and European regulators are “often naïve” about giant US internet companies, according to Stéphane Richard, CEO of service provider Orange.  Speaking at the annual Udecam advertising business forum, Richard said that the European market was the “number one target” for internet giants including Google, Apple and Facebook. Richard […]

Orange CEO confirms Netflix French plan

Orange’s CEO Stéphane Richard confirmed at the end of last week that Netflix plans to launch a service in France this autumn but said that talks of an exclusive deal with Orange was premature. Interviewed by Radio Classique after Orange’s full-year results announcement, Richard said that he believed Netflix would launch a service in the […]

Orange looks to fixed line consolidation in Spain

Orange will look to take an active part in any consolidation in the Spanish fixed line market, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Answering a question on the analyst conference call following Orange’s full-year results presentation, Richard said Orange had “a competitive offer” in Spain, including in fixed-access, with a market share in broadband of about […]