European heavyweights France Telecom (Orange), or FT, and Deutsche Telekom (DT) are examining the possibility of working together in the area of network access, with some industry watchers suggesting the move could eventually lead to the creation of a ‘super-telco’ in the region. In a joint statement the two firms confirmed their intentions to collaborate on:
• sharing radio access networks (RAN) in Europe
• improving Wi-Fi users’ experience while roaming
• equipment standardisation
• machine-to-machine (M2M) standards and quality of service for cross-border services
• technical cooperation on home media servers, development of cross border e-Health services, connected cars technology and in-car infotainment services, content and technical enablers for TV and video services.
The first fruits of the proposed long-term collaboration are an M2M cooperation agreement and a joint project to improve Wi-Fi users’ experience while roaming, they said. ‘M2M communication is an enabling technology that will facilitate the development of e-Energy, e-Health, connected home and connected car services and will bring about the internet of things,’ the pair said.