Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom have written a forum to the attention of the government. They are worried about a proposed amendment that could force them to share their networks in the areas less covered with Free would be a very favorable position for further negotiations.
They have chosen to speak with one voice. The three telecom operators, Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom, grouped within the French Federation of telecoms have taken pen to paper to write a forum to the attention of the French government. Since the beginning of the week, the ceos of the three groups do décolèrent not. They believed that they had been good students, kept their commitments in terms of coverage of “white areas”, or even, have done better than what was asked, and crash! Thursday, the senators passed an amendment to the law on mountain areas aimed to encourage operators to share their infrastructure. “If it mutualises the network infrastructure, an operator may stop investing. But as they are not offering anything, we need to move forward,” said Jean-Michel Baylet, minister of Planning of the territory, so that the previous day, Axelle Lemaire, the secretary of State for Digital, had endorsed the investment plans of operators in the areas less densely populated. “There would be two ministerial teams who lead without speaking”, had ironisé from Tuesday evening the president of the FFT, Régis Turrini, on the occasion of the wishes of the Federation.
Behind the joint action of the three operators, it is necessary to read the fear that their advances in networks was a stroke of the pen. They could be forced to share their networks with Free would be a very favorable position for new negotiations. It is far from the concerns of the inhabitants of the areas less well covered by the mobile.