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 .)
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