Free Mobile and Orange have signed a roaming agreement allowing the former to use the 3G network of the latter to better cover the French population.
After a ” multi-month negotiation process », Free Mobile and Iliad have finally formalized their agreement. Signed yesterday, it will allow Free to use Orange’s 3G network to quickly expand its mobile network coverage.
As provided by law, operators already installed must open their 2G network to competition, as soon as a new entrant reaches the threshold of 25% of the population covered. Free and Orange have therefore decided to go further by extending this agreement to 3G. Ultimately, Free is committed to covering at least 90% of the population by 2018.
Reason rather than passion
This agreement follows a long warming of relations between Free and Orange. The two operators finally decided last August to end several ongoing legal proceedings. ” Disputes between us and Free were settled in the first half “Said an Orange spokesperson at the time.
Niel, founder and majority shareholder of Free, was notably attacked by libel by Orange after having declared that France Telecom was a ” multi-repeat offender “. He had since reviewed his judgment since Orange was the only player in the telecoms market spared by the often shocking statements of the business manager.