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Orange launches San Francisco-based accelerator Orange Fab | Applications open today!

French ISP and Mobile operator Orange announced today the launch of Orange Fab, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco intended to help startups with existing products grow their businesses. The accelerator is meant for US-based startups (sorry French startups), lasts for 12 weeks, and will feature a demo day in both the Silicon Valley […]

Orange’s latest Ad Campaign features Norman, one of France’s biggest YouTube stars

Orange’s latest Ad Campaign features Norman, one of France’s biggest YouTube stars

In its most recent ad campaign, Orange has teamed up with Norman Thavaud to push their most recent set-top box, the LiveBox Play. It’s pretty normal for Orange to pick up well known TV stars to gather interest and attention; however, this tishome Orange partnered up with one of France’s biggest YouTube stars. Known for […]

Orange and Deutsche Telekom poised make billions off of EE in 2013

Orange and Deutsche Telekom poised make billions off of EE in 2013

Reports have been trickling in since last November that Orange and Deutsche Telekom are planning an initial public offering for Everything Everywhere (EE), their wholely owned joint subsidiary in the UK. Most of the conversation was sparked by Orange’s CFO Gervais Pellissier, who stated last November that “there could be a place for an EE IPO […]

Orange now (reluctantly) owns 100% of Dailymotion. What’s next?

This past week Orange purchased the remaining 49% of Dailymotion, after having purchased 51% of the video site nearly two years ago, with a clause in its acquisition to allow it to buy the remaining 49% later. After trying to find a US partner to take the remaining 49% of the company for the past […]

Orange offers Deezer-competitor Spotify to under 27 users in Switzerland

This week Orange & Spotify announced a partnership in which Orange customers in Switzerland with a “Orange Young” plan would receive Spotify premium for free, in addition to unlimited texting & calling as well as a sizeable data plan. Orange Young is Orange’s cell phone plan offered to anyone 27 or under, and Orange’s VP […]

Orange announces Orange Horizons, their newest “exploratory” subsidiary

Most TelCo’s are feeling the hurt these days – job layoffs, margins being cut, new players taking market share – however, one giant has managed to navigate the stormy TelCo seas quite successfully this past year. This week Orange announced the creation of a new subsidiary, Orange Horizons, who’s job will be to actively seek […]

Orange to earn €1 Billion in 2 years from Free Mobile contract

When Free Mobile launched just one year ago, it didn’t quite have its mobile network up & running, and so it signed a deal with Orange whereby it would use some of Orange’s network. In an interview with Les Echos this week, Pierre Louette, #2 at Orange’s parent company France Telecom shared a bit of info on […]

In France, NYE SMS sees decline as MMS and new platforms rise

Although sending a SMS is still the prefered way to say ‘Happy New Year’ in France, things are starting to change.  According to early estimates published in Les Echos, at least 600 million SMS were sent in France as 2013 descended upon us.  SFR alone logged 280 million between 21h on the 31st and 9h the […]

The Two Faces of Orange: Innovator & Startup Killer

A few weeks back, Orange made a few big announcements, most of which put them in the ‘oh shit’ category, instead of the ‘startup killer’ category. The ‘oh shit’ title came from their launch of Libon, a cross-platform phone-calling, texting, and communication app that runs off of the 3G network – theoretically, this app is […]

Orange and SFR both facing hefty anti-competition fines

Another day, another drama in France’s chaotic mobile market.  France’s Authorité de la Concurrence (roughly translated, ‘Competivity Authority’) has announced that SFR and Orange have been found guilty of anti-competitive practices during the period of 2005 – 2008.  As a result, the Authority ordered Orange and SFR to pay €117.5 million and €65.7 million respectively. […]