Friday, January 31, 2014

Bouygues Telecom and SFR join forces in mobile - L'Express

“This agreement will allow for offer their customers better coverage on the outside and inside of buildings, and a better quality of service by optimizing the mesh their shared network, “indicate the two competitors in a joint statement.

They had announced in July engage in exclusive negotiations in order to reach such an agreement for 2G, 3G and 4G.

details Bouygues Telecom and SFR “will deploy on an area corresponding to 57% of the population (the whole territory outside the 32 largest cities of over 200,000 inhabitants and whites) a new shared “network.

The agreement is based on two principles specify operators: “on the one hand, the creation of an ad hoc company common , which will manage the assets of radio sites pooled” and “on the other hand, the service of” RAN-sharing “that will mutually operators in 2G, 3G and 4G on the shared territory.”

Each operator will retain a capacity for independent innovation and the commercial independence and total tariff , and will continue to offer differentiated by controlling its core network services and frequencies, like to clarify SFR and Bouygues Telecom. There will be no change in surface to consumers. The sharing agreement shall enter into force upon signature and “should lead to the finalization of the target network end of 2017.”

conditions to check

“This agreement is based on mutual trust between the two partners and must allow Bouygues Telecom and SFR of the challenges that represent the explosion of new uses mobile Internet and network investment with very high flow, “the statement concluded. “The Government welcomes this reorganization . Pooling is a major step for the return of the sector balance,” said Minister of Productive Recovery Arnaud Montebourg Friday night at the wishes of the French Federation Telecoms (FFT).

Minister for Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin for his part, praised the “good news” and “a first step quite positive” in a process that will “provide network deployment and investment of the overall market in a context of tension on the investment capabilities of the actors. “

Regulatory Authority telecom (ARCEP) said “welcome this agreement,” , in a statement. “It should be checked, specifically, that several conditions are met. Firstly, operators must remain independent of each other , strategic and commercial matters. Should then ensure that the agreement will not crowd out some competitors from the market, “says ARCEP.

“Finally, the agreement should lead to improve services to users , in terms of coverage and quality of service. Such progress will especially be measurable and verifiable over time “said the authority will” closely with the Competition Authority in the coming weeks, study the agreement thoroughly, to ensure that these conditions are met. “

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