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France Telecom (FTE) and other European carriers need billions to upgrade their networks to cope...

France Telecom (FTE) and other European carriers need billions to upgrade their networks to cope with growing wireless data traffic, and want bandwidth hogs like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to contribute. The data explosion caused by 'net users is "a challenge for carriers like us,” says an FTE executive. And if the operators don't get the money they want, there could be a cold war.
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  • Stone Fox Capital
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    why don't they just charge more to consumers of this data? Either way though, AAPL should pay more or have less users of the iPhone. Its that simple .
    8 Dec 2010, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • seandixon1
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    can you say "socialism". Won't ever happen. AAPL and GOOG products are making these companies better (more profitable subscribers) so they need to spend some of that ARPU on upgrades, just like in the states. I guess they will have to raise prices on data plans to offset the capex. Maybe AAPL will have to do exclusive deals outside the US to give the exclusive partner a bigger slice of the iPhone pie so that carrier can upgrade. AT&T not asking AAPL for money and neither will Verizon.
    8 Dec 2010, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • ddar
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    Seems like very French thinking to me...
    8 Dec 2010, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    This is pure and sheer idiocy.


    Google and Apple and such provide meaningful enough value that they drive traffic to their sites over the network providers lines. Without Goog/appl et al there wouldn't be traffic on the lines.


    So what came first, the network or the content? what's more important, the network or the content?


    I can't think of a succinct way to phrase it (long day and tired), but this is the most ridiculous thing I have heard today, and is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to blackmail content providers into sharing revenue with someone who has not right to it.
    8 Dec 2010, 04:19 PM Reply Like
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