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Telecoms group Altice to launch online bank in Europe by early 2019

French billionaire Patrick Drahi plans to launch an online bank by spring 2019 across the euro zone countries where his telecoms group Altice operates, a source close to the matter said on Thursday. Mobile operators are stepping up pressure on the traditional banks that dominate the market place, as the numbers of people walking into high street bank branches declines,…

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MOBILE QUALITY OF SERVICE: Orange in the lead, Bouygues Telecom and SFR neck and neck, Free Mobile trails behind

Arcep is publishing the results of its 18th annual quality audit of the the services sold by mobile operators in Metropolitan France. More than a million measurements were taken on 2G, 3G and 4G systems across the country, in every department, both indoors and outdoors, and on transport systems: regional railway (TER), suburban “Transiliens” railway, commuter trains (RER), the underground,…

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Google Wi-Fi router launches in France, Germany

Google Wifi, the company’s wireless mesh network system, has hit the European mainland The Google Store has started selling the new Google Wifi product in France and Germany for EUR 139 (EUR 249 for a twin-pack). The network is controlled by an Android and iOS app that lets users suspend access to particular devices or prioritize others, for example, when…

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Arcep grants roaming derogation to 11 providers

French regulator Arcep has granted 11 companies a derogation from the new EU roaming regulation, allowing them to apply surcharges still to retail roaming. READ MORE: France Telecom Market According to the decisions published on the Arcep website, the companies are Adista, Afone, Budget Telecom, Euro-Information Telecom, Euroditel, International Telecommunication Network, ITC Ariane Services, MC Infinity, Scopelec, Sybord and Thales…

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Orange retains lead in French mobile network quality – Arcep

Customers on the Orange network have continued to experience a better performance than those on rival networks, according to the latest QoS measures published by French regulator Arcep. As in the previous annual assessment, closely followed Orange, while Free Mobile remained behind across the board, particularly on data performance (download speed, web navigation, online video). READ MORE: France Telecom Market…

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French MVNO La Poste Mobile launches new plans

La Poste Mobile has refreshed its postpaid tariff portfolio and has launched new LTE-enabled plans sold exclusively online without a minimum contract, including unlimited streaming to the Universal Music catalogue. READ MORE: Iliad continues with a strong growth in France The web-exclusive EUR 12.99/month plan offers inclusive national calls/texts (roam-like-home within the EU and overseas territories), coupled with a data…

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Free: increasing the mobile Internet data volume 25GB/month for €19.99 a month

Free is once again enhancing its Free Mobile Plan (€15.99/month for Freebox subscribers, €19.99/month otherwise) by increasing the mobile Internet data volume from more than 35 countries to 25GB/month, all year long. The Free Mobile Plan remains the most generous deal at this price (€15.99/month for Freebox subscribers, €19.99/month otherwise). The Free Mobile Plan roaming offer includes the following, all year round: –…

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Roaming in Europe: Orange and Sosh are going further than the European regulation

All Orange and Sosh customers can now use their plans and options in Europe and most French overseas territories just as they do in France(1). High-street customers’ plans have been automatically upgraded with this feature since 18 May, and it has been available to small businesses since 1 June. With these changes, Orange and Sosh are going further than the…

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SFR, Orange top Q1 fixed broadband performance tests

SFR has improved its performance in the speed ranking of the main fixed broadband providers in the French market, narrowly overtaking Orange during the first quarter, according to a study by nPerf based on 2 million speed tests. Combining all broadband technologies, the average download speed recorded on SFR services (including the Numbericable brand) increased to 51.39 Mbps, fractionally ahead…

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