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Worst. Comic. Book. Ever. Marvell's Chipman defeated by France in another patent battle

Marvell Semiconductor must reach into its pockets once again, having lost another patent-infringement lawsuit. This time around, the victor was France Telecom, which sued Marvell in 2012 for infringing its patent on certain error-correction algorithms used in CDMA wireless networking, which licensed under the goofy name Turbo …
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France Telecom takes huge profit hit after swallowing €1.8bn writedown

Telecoms is not the fat market it once was as the low spend in the UK 4G auction showed today, and Euro telco giant France Telecom has also felt the pain. The former French monopoly telco had to write down €1.84bn on units in Poland, Egypt and Romania, which was partly to blame for the hefty 79 per cent plunge in profits year-on …
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2013
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Ex-France Telecom CEO probed over staff suicide spate

Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard is under investigation following a spate of staff suicides at his firm in 2008 and 2009. Lombard was in charge of the company when more than 30 employees took their lives and others attempted to kill themselves amid mass redundancies at the telco. A court in Paris, which is …
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Orange sells infrastructure nuageux based on Vblocks

Orange Business Services, the hosting and network operations arm of France Telecom that operates in 172 countries, has caught the cloud bug and has teamed up with the triumvirate (well, duo if you want to be honest) behind the Acadia partnership — Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware — to launch a line of private clouds it wants to …
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France Telecom hits targets, admits crisis

France Telecom now has 193m customers and made revenues of €46bn in the year ended 31 December 2009, down 1.9 per cent on last year. The figures exclude FT's UK business, Orange, which is now in the process of merging with T-Mobile. Total customer numbers grew 5.7 per cent with best growth for its digital TV business - up 53 …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2010
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Quarter of France Telecom staff 'psychologically vulnerable'

A quarter of staff at troubled telco France Telecom are on the verge of a nervous breakdown or worse according to a workforce study unveiled this week. France Telecom began an investigation into its staff morale after a recent spate of worker suicides at the constantly resizing telco. Unions at the firm said yesterday that …
Joe Fay, 15 Dec 2009
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France Telecom stuck with €1bn aid bill by Euro court

France Telecom has been hit for €1bn, after the European Court of First Instance rejected its appeal against a ruling that it enjoyed eight years of unfair tax breaks from the French government. The European Commission ruled five years ago the the French incumbent enjoyed illicit state aid - in the form of business tax breaks …
Joe Fay, 1 Dec 2009
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France Telecom blamed for another worker suicide

French politicians are calling on ex-monopoly France Telecoms to do more to stop a rash of suicides and attempted suicides among its staff. The latest was call centre worker Jean-Paul Rouannet, who jumped off a road bridge in the Alps on Monday, bringing total deaths amongst the telco's workforce to 24 in two years. The man …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2009
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Unanimis turns Orange

Orange has snapped up on-line advertising company Unanimis for an undisclosed sum, putting an awful lot of eyeballs in front of France Telecom's content. Neither company is saying how much Orange is paying for UK-based Unanimis, but the company turned over £21.7m last year so should be worth a bob or two. Unanimis is nicely …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2009
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Bidding war breaks out for T-Mobile UK

Assorted mobile operators are lining up to bid for T-Mobile's UK business - or at least have a good look at its books. Deutsche Telecom has appointed advisers JP Morgan to help it shift its UK network. On Monday Vodafone was named as a possible bidder, either on its own or in partnership with 3. This has sparked interest from …
John Oates, 2 Jul 2009
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Reding demands super-regulator to thwart US telco domination

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has been telling delegates at the Summit of the European Telecommunications Networks in Venice that letting the EU regulate their industries will save €20bn a year, and is just what the Americans want. Efficiency isn't something that comes quickly to mind when considering EU bodies, but …
Bill Ray, 28 Oct 2008
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EC to drag fibre from incumbents' greedy paws

European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes is proposing a radical shake up of telco competition in Europe which she hopes will stimulate aggressive deployment of fibre to the home across Europe - what the Commission calls Next Generation Access (NGA). What she is trying to do right now is get agreement on a Europe-wide …
Faultline, 25 Sep 2008

Gemalto glues DVD onto a SIM

Gemalto has started embedding a tiny DVD into the plastic card holding a new SIM chip, enabling Italy's Wind service to bundle 50MB of connection software and manuals in the same envelope as the SIM. It's not the first time a CD, or DVD, has been squeezed to credit-card size, but being one of the world's largest SIM vendors …
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2008
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Orange tells customers they are now 'partners'

Orange, France Telecom's consumer brand, has decided not to serve consumers any more: in true Web 2.0 style it's rebranding itself as a partner - not a provider - in telecommunications. The new slogan is "together we can do more", so forget about being a punter just wanting a conversation with another punter; now you're …
Bill Ray, 1 Jul 2008
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TeliaSonera says 'non' to Gallic advances

TeliaSonera has turned down a $42bn offer from France Telecom, owner of the Orange brand, after the board decided unanimously that the company was worth more than that. This belief is in stark contrast to France Telecom shareholders, who sent the company's shares down 3.4 per cent when the offer became public, reflecting a …
Bill Ray, 5 Jun 2008

Orange France iPhone total hits 90,000

Orange has sold 90,000 iPhones since releasing the handset to French buyers in November 2007, the carrier's parent, France Telecom, told reporters yesterday. It said half of that total were customers who'd come to Orange from other networks. Yet, the France Telecom president Didier Lombard did admit that he'd have preferred …
Tony Smith, 7 Feb 2008

Orange France says 'testicules' to unlocked-iPhone-not-unlocked claim

Orange France has denied a claim that the unlocked iPhones it is offering are not actually unlocked but were simply set to work with any French carrier SIM card rather than, say, a SIM purchased in the UK. The claim was made by website iPhone Atlas late last week. Without stating how it knew this to be the case, the site said …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2007
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Latins prefer Microsoft to Google

It seems that Google magic doesn't work quite as well in the rest of the world. At least, not yet. Earlier this month, internet research firm comScore released a new study that put Google a few steps behind the competition in Asia-Pacific, and now it says that Larry, Serg, and the gang are also trailing in Latin America. …
Cade Metz, 25 Jul 2007

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