Stéphane Richard, President of Orange, talks about Free Mobile and the roaming agreement which links the two operators.
Stéphane Richard, head of the group Orange / France Telecom, briefly returned to the roaming agreement signed between Orange and Free Mobile during an interview with the newspaper Les Échos. Despite the criticisms, he camped on his positions and refused to reveal the details of this agreement between the two operators.
Stéphane Richard recalled that only the regulator, namely theArcep, can obtain the details of the agreement between the two operators. This remark comes in response to its competitors, who denounced the opacity of this same agreement. The boss ofOrange also said he was waiting “for the regulator to do its job”, report to the recent report by theArcep on the cover of free mobile, by attacking the latter on the quality of its network. “The last few hours have shown us once again that quality is not yet at the rendezvous,” he explains, referring to the recent outage suffered by Free Mobile. The first information however suggests that this generalized breakdown is due to a problem on the side ofOrange…
Finally, Stéphane Richard recalled that this roaming agreement is expensive for Free. It is in renegotiation, and Orange would expect “revenue significantly higher than the original billion euros”, which means that Free will have to pay more than expected. Free has already indicated its desire to own its own network as quickly as possible and no longer go through Orange, as reported by Arcep.