Arcep does not oppose the contract

The telecom constable (Arcep) announced on Thursday “that it does not appear necessary to ask Free Mobile and Orange to modify their contractroaming program allowing the Iliad operator to benefit from the 2G and 3G coverage of the incumbent operator Orange in France until the end of 2025.

Received by the Authority on July 27, this amendment to the contract between the two operators “extends the end of roaming period by three years», until December 31, 2025, providing «a mechanism“financial which will have for objective”encourage a reduction in the number of Free Mobile customers using the Orange 2G/3G network», Specifies the regulator.

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The performance of this contract, as modified by the addendum, which is part of the prospect of the extinction announced by the company Orange of its 2G network at the end of 2025 in France, is not likely to prevent achievement of regulatory objectives“, added the Authority.

Arcep will remain attentive to Free Mobile’s continued investment in the deployment of its own networks“Warned the regulator again. Concluded in 2011 so that Free Mobile could launch in France without having full national coverage with its own network, the commercial roaming contract with Orange has been extended several times.