Orange will not pursue consolidation of the French market

2 Jul 2014

Orange France, the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has announced that it has ‘examined the possibilities of participating in an operation that would lead to consolidation in the French telecoms market, and believes that it cannot pursue this avenue at the present time as the conditions that the group has set have not been met’.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May 2014 Orange and rival Bouygues Telecom separately announced that they were open to potential tie-ups in the French market, fuelling speculation that a potential collaboration between the two companies might be on the table. Orange France said that consolidation in the sector would have positive long-term effects on investment and consumers, and that it would explore the ‘opportunities offered by the current reshaping of the French telecoms landscape’, while highlighting that its leading position also allows for total independence.

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