France Telecom (FT) board member Olaf Swantee is quoted as saying the telecoms behemoth will look to secure more mobile network sharing deals in 2011. The Paris-based group concluded a major deal with Deutsche Telekom last September to merge their respective UK networks in a plan designed to shave EUR4 billion (USD5.5 billion) off their network maintenance and admin costs. ‘In 2011, I expect us to start new network share programmes outside … the UK,’ Swantee said yesterday in London.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that in October this year Everything Everywhere (EE), the joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, announced that it had opened access to their respective networks to customers of either operator. The previous month EE revealed it would allow Orange and T-Mobile customers to roam without additional charges on each other’s networks. The company also announced at the time that it will undertake an advertising campaign costing around USD6.38 million to inform customers of both Orange and T-Mobile that the roaming option is available to them.