Orange CEO earmarks 2016 for French consolidation

first_img Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 SEP 2015 Español FranceOrangeStephane Richard Author Orange CEO Stephane Richard believes consolidation in France could be back on the cards in 2016 after the sale of new 4G frequencies in the country.Speaking to French daily newspaper Les Echos, Richard said “today, consolidation is not on the agenda but it will perhaps reappear next year”.Cable-to-mobile disruptor Altice last attempted to reduce the highly competitive market to three players, but had a €10 billion bid to acquire rival Bouygues Telecom rejected in June.Along with Bouygues Telecom and SFR Numericable, Orange also competes with Iliad’s Free.The country now plans to auction frequencies in the 700MHz band to boost 4G coverage in the country, presently used for broadcasting, before the end of this year.Richard noted that “consolidation has gotten under way in all major European countries except France”.“We are the country where operators have the lowest margins in Europe.”Cross border consolidationRichard, who is a known supporter of a European single telecoms market, also suggested that national tie-ups could eventually lead to cross border consolidation.“When the prospect of the single market becomes clear, operators will come into motion and Orange will aim to play a role in this consolidation,” he added.Speaking of the domestic market, Richard said Orange was now focusing more on promotions, rather than cutting prices, as it had done when Free first entered the market.Free’s 2012 entry into the market has seen the country’s largest players be embroiled in an intense price war for some time.“At Orange, we don’t plan to take part in this one-upmanship,” he is quoted as saying. “We are proving that we can win customers in the fixed and mobile space without massacring prices.”According to GSMA Intelligence, Orange has more than 27 million total connections in France, making it the country’s largest player. SFR-Numericable is its closest competitor, with more than 23 million connections. Home Orange CEO earmarks 2016 for French consolidation Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more center_img Related Kavit Majithia Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Tags Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Previous ArticleDatabox raises $3.3M to expand product and teamNext ArticleAsia Briefs: China pushes ‘3-network convergence’ plan, Telstra to expand access in remote areas & more last_img read more

High school softball: Airline downs Southwood, stays unbeaten in district play

first_imgThe Airline Lady Vikings started the second half of District 1-5A play with a 7-4 victory over Southwood on Monday at Airline.In another District 1-5A game, Haughton fell to Evangel Christian 17-5 at Haughton. In a non-district matchup, Benton lost to Ruston 15-0 at Ruston.At Airline, Maddie Ennis went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and four RBI to lead the Lady Vikings (16-2, 7-0).Makenzie Chaffin went 2-for-3 with a double. Jessica Baffuto had an RBI-double.Baffuto’s double came with two outs in bottom of the the third and gave the Lady Vikings a 6-2 lead. The Lady Cowboys rallied with two runs in the top of the fourth.Airline added a run in the bottom of the inning. Chaffin was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on an Ennis’ groundout. She scored on an error.Raelin Chaffin pitched 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief, striking out four and walking none.Southwood dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in 1-5A.At Haughton, the Lady Bucs trailed Evangel by just one run after five innings. But the Lady Eagles scored 11 runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in the sixth.Haughton managed just three hits off Ellie DuBois, singles by McKayla Burkart, Lauren Edwards and Madison Trujillo.Evangel’s Alexa Voracheck hit two home runs, including a grand slam for the Lady Eagles’ final four runs in the sixth. Evangel’s Leanna Cooper was 4-for-4 with five RBI. Evangel (12-4, 4-1) took over sole possession of second place in the district. Haughton dropped to 7-6 and 3-2. The teams were scheduled to meet again Tuesday at Evangel.At Ruston, Madison Wells had a double for Benton in the three-inning loss. The Lady Tigers dropped to 9-8. Ruston improved to 14-5 with its sixth straight victory.NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoClever-Tricks.comYour Sleeping Position Tells a lot About Your|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

NCDC pledges K30 000 for Trukai fun run in support of International Olympic Committee

first_imgPublished at 1:00 pm The National Capital District Commission and Active City Development program have stamped their name as the major buyer of the Trukai Fun Run shirts with a commitment of K30, 000. K20,000 will be honoured by the former whilst the latter is contributing K10,000. This is an increase by K20,000 from 2017 Fun Run sponsorship. That means Trukai Industries, the major sponsor of PNG Olympic Committee Incorporation, is selling 3000 shirts to the commission at K10 each. The Active City Development Program which is funded by NCDC but was a program recommended to the International Olympic Committee by the PNG Olympic Committee based on shared vision. The separate funding is based on this partnership. NCD Governor Powes Parkop said: “The usual Sunday Walk and Yoga for Life will be suspended and be merged with the fun run this Sunday.” “For the city, we encourage our people to be active and move their body. In line with one of our goals, such run can improve their health. It is also a great event for the city to get everyone together as a community ,” said Mr Parkop today at a stakeholder dialogue with the organisers of the fun run in Port Moresby. NCD Governor Powes Parkop (fourth fron left) with City Manager Bernard Kipit showing Trukai Fun Run T Shirt sample. By ROBERT APALA City Manager Bernard Kipit said the shirts will be worn by his 800 staff and their family members to participate in the 19th Trukai Fun run. “It is good for the city residents for their fitness and health to contribute positively in their endeavours. We have created a lot of opportunities in sports. When you are healthy and happy, you generate much productivity in the work environment. We urged everyone to take part in the event on Sunday,” Mr Kipit said. He said NCDC will also be providing ten big buses to cart participants from within the suburbs, villages and settlements to the starting venue site along Sir John Guise Drive. Trukai’s National Marketing Manageress MaybellynFernandes said the company printed 100, 000 shirts for the nationwide event. She added that 85, 000 had been sold out already excluding the ones bought by the commission. According to her, the company uses the event to raise funds to support sports development in the country.last_img read more