France Telecom-Orange will roll out 4G services to 10 countries across Europe by 2015, according to its chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard.
Richard was speaking at an open meeting with members of the European Commission and Parliament and the EU's digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes. France Telecom-Orange trades across 10 countries in Europe, including the UK as part of its Everything Everywhere joint venture with Deutsche Telekom. Richard outlined 10 commitments for its future business, including its 4G pledge.
Richard welcomed EU moves to make more spectrum available but added: 'Europe could do a great deal to promote a more favourable environment for the rollout of radio access networks.'
Richard also promised to treble the number of Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled devices to EU customers by next year. It is rolling out three million Sim-based NFC handsets this year with 10 million predicted for 2013. In the UK, Everything Everywhere is working on a joint venture along with Vodafone and O2 for mobile wallet services. Richard said: 'Orange, together with its industry partners, is developing an open, interoperable and secure platform for the deployment of NFC services. In this context, the European Commission and EU member states could push for the wider adoption of NFC services, rendered both secure and open by Sim-based technology.'
Richard added Orange will offer all customers the right to manage personal information they provide on Orange platforms and give them a personal data 'dashboard' by 2015.
Editor: Graeme Neill