Euronews: Iliad Gets the All-Clear on Free Mobile

It's day three of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but life goes on in the wider world of EMEA telecom...

  • Free Mobile, the applecart-upsetting mobile brand from Iliad (Euronext: ILD), has been given the all-clear by French regulator Arcep . Rivals, Orange (NYSE: FTE) among them, had complained that it was failing to meet its regulatory obligations in terms of coverage, but after a verification process Arcep concluded that "Free Mobile is still meeting its regulatory obligations, with a rate of coverage of more than 28% of the population thanks to the use of 735 operational towers." (See Euronews: Iliad's Clogging Our Network, Says FT and Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)

  • One of those Iliad rivals, Bouygues Telecom , has had a tough 2011, with net profits down 17 percent to €370 million ($498 million), reports Telecompaper (subscription required). The European Commission -imposed cut in mobile termination rates hit the operator hard. (See ARCEP Sets Termination Rate Target.)

  • Wholesaler UK Broadband Ltd. has switched on what it says is the first commercial Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) system in the U.K. Covering part of the London borough of Southwark, the network deploys equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , and will use UK Broadband's 124MHz of spectrum in LTE bands 42 and 43 (3.5GHz and 3.6GHz). (See Huawei's Next Move in Europe .)

  • We could have told you that! In fact we did! France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard has joined the chorus of derision that is intermittently directed towards the absurd moniker that is EE . Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Richard said: "We need a new name. When? I don’t know. Which one? I don’t know." Any suggestions? Euronews humbly suggests "T'Orange" would be a good fit for its Yorkshire market. (See Top 20 Terrible Company Names.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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