France Telecom-Orange today announced it has signed a partnership with Ortel Mobile to host the MVNO on its mobile network in France. Commenting on the tie-up, the CEO of Ortel, Gerben Wijbenga, said: ‘We are pleased to announce this agreement with Orange that will allow us to offer attractive and innovative products to our customers in France, combining the strengths of Ortel Mobile with those of a large multinational operator.’
France Telecom-Orange said in its release that by offering wholesale agreements to other operators, it is promoting competition and optimising the value of its network, in which the parent group invests heavily each year. With close to three million MVNO customers, France Telecom-Orange currently hosts around half of all French MVNOs. In total, MVNOs now represent 10% of the French mobile market.
Ortel Mobile launched operations on the French MVNO market in early 2010, and is looking to maintain its position as market leader in the multicultural segment – primarily targeting non-French speakers. Today Ortel Mobile is active as an MVNO in six European countries, and already uses the France Telecom-Orange network in Spain and Switzerland.