Minister received Wednesday boss Free, Xavier Niel (individual shareholder World ), which triggered a price war by offering his arrival on the market at the beginning 2012, rates exceptionally low for mobile phones and comes from reoffending by offering 4G at a price of 3G. “As in any policy, we must not go too far” , said Arnaud Montebourg who had rejoiced in 2012 the arrival of Free and overall lower prices for mobile phone subscriptions can benefit consumers.
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“We are concerned about the excesses of low cost and price war which is to the detriment of producers” , has he added. The minister called on operators “economic patriotism” and “Alcatel work” the French supplier who committed his recovery from serious financial difficulties.
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French market, mobile full offensive, four operators: Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free Mobile and a consolidation movement seems for many, inevitable. “In this war billionaires, these operators work in the public domain [...] so we are entitled to require counterparties in terms of jobs and investment , said the Minister. We find 30 billion in fiber [...] and we will ask the operators. “
Free Mobile continues to lay down the law in mobile tariffs by offering 4G to its customers at no extra cost, an initiative led its competitors to react one after the other, Bouygues Telecom and Orange.