Following the recent launch of Debitel as an MVNO in France (on SFR's infrastructure), Orange had a press release yesterday (french version, english version not available yet...) on their new agreement with Omer Telecom under the brand Breizh Mobile (the Phone House guys).
Interesting release: it basically says that Orange is very happy to pursue deals with partners that complement its marketing strategy in certain geographic areas or with certain customer segments.
Great, so they get a kick-back from their MVNO deal, without investing in those areas. Looks like a double-dip to me, and not like fostering competition in the way the French regulator ART and French Minister of Industry Patrick Devedjian had envisaged (see Le Monde's article)...
Will it bring costs down for consumers ? Nope, because Orange is not competing there... And the French anti Fraud squad says it has proof that the French Mobile Network Operators have been operating as a cartel, and have been engaging in price fixing (maybe they should plead guilty like de Beers has just done... BFM Radio mentionned the fine could be up tp 10% of their WW turnover. Outch!)
Expect a hot summer this year, at least in mobile telecommunications!