France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom eye tech partnerships

The two network operators will work together to choose and develop the technology used to build and operate new services

France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom plan to collaborate on the technology they use to build and operate their telecommunications services, they announced Friday.

The two companies are already partners in mobile operator Everything Everywhere, the result of the merger of their U.K. mobile network subsidiaries Orange and T-Mobile.

Now, however, they have agreed to explore further areas for cooperation, including sharing their radio access networks in other European countries, standardizing the network equipment they use, and developing standards for embedded wireless terminals, also known as machine-to-machine devices.

They will also look at ways to improve Wi-Fi roaming and quality of service on international services, they said.

Other areas for technical cooperation may include TV and video delivery services and even home media servers, which European ISPs (Internet service providers) are increasingly using as market differentiators, bundling such functions in TV set-top boxes that also serve as DSL modems, routers and Wi-Fi hotspots.

While joint work in many of these areas remains only a vague project, in two of them the companies said they are already working together: the improvement of international machine-to-machine communications and Wi-Fi roaming usability.

Machine-to-machine (M-to-M) communications covers all applications where a device, rather than a person with a phone, initiates a data transfer. Without a person involved, it can be harder to troubleshoot communications problems on the fly, or to make decisions about whether the high cost of roaming calls makes it worthwhile to use data services while abroad. That's why the two companies are looking at creating a seamless network for M-to-M services in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Such a network will, they hope, increase quality of service and set standards for cross-border services such as e-health and connected car services.

France Télécom has operations in France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland, among other countries, while Deutsche Telekom operates in Germany, the U.S., the Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, Czech Republic and Slovakia and elsewhere.

Collaborating on these services could give France Télécom and Deutsche Telecom an edge over other large communications groups such as Vodafone Group or Telefónica -- although the two said that initiatives such as their M-to-M project will also be open to other network operators.

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news for IDG News Service. Send comments and news tips to Peter at peter_sayer@idg.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuestelecommunicationdeutsche telekomFrance Télécom

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Peter Sayer

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?