Orange reportedly looking to enter Canadian mobile market

The Globe and Mail reports French mobile giant Orange (ORAN) is looking to enter the Canadian market, and has held "exploratory talks" with national regulators. However, Orange is said to be aiming for a low-cost entry, possibly by launching as an MVNO relying on an incumbent's network/spectrum.

Orange's arrival would represent new competition for BCE, Rogers, and Telus (TU), who collectively breathed a sign of relief when Verizon decided not to enter Canada following the Vodafone deal. The Canadian government has been interested in strengthening mobile competition, following the failure of smaller/regional carriers to challenge Canada's big-3.

Orange launched its Horizons subsidiary in January to find "new businesses opportunities" in untapped markets. In July, Horizons announced it has established a presence of some kind in Germany, Italy, Holland, South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, and Portugal.

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  • User 509088
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    Well hopefully it works out better for orange than it worked for target or sears.


    However it's worth pointing out that right now Stephen Harper's conservative party is in revolt and is trying to force him to resign and with that will put an end to any deal with orange, most likely.
    26 Nov 2013, 07:22 PM Reply Like
  • pertl
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    Can not understand what PM Harper has with wireless competition.
    Verizon would not have resulted in lower bills for Canadians.
    We all know that everything is more expensive in Canada, there are reasons for this, and we are still surviving.
    Why try to squeeze our Telco's? At least they pay good dividends and taxes and one can live like a human. They give stability and prosperity.
    What is gained if everybody gets semi broke.
    Lets hope that Harper has his hands full with all the fumbles of the
    new Conservative Party und he forgets wireless.
    26 Nov 2013, 08:08 PM Reply Like
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