Orange (NYSE: FTE), Iliad (Euronext: ILD) and Nokia Networks are on their marks for today's sprint through the EMEA telecom headlines.
France Telecom has accused new mobile entrant Iliad of clogging up its network, reports Reuters. Iliad, which operates the Free brand, has not yet fully built out its own network, so relies on FT to fill in the gaps under the terms of a still-to-be-finalized roaming agreement. (See Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)
The U.K.'s Competition Appeals Tribunal has doled out some bad news for the country's mobile operators, reports The Guardian: It has opted for even greater cuts in mobile termination rates than those recommended by telecom regulator Ofcom . The upshot of all this is that the wholesale cost of calling a mobile from a landline will, as of April 2015, drop by 85 percent, from 4.18 pence to 0.65 pence per minute. (See Ofcom Proposes Lower Termination Rates and EC Acts on Termination Rates.)