France Telecom

China’s search giant Baidu announced on Monday that it has partnered with France Telecom-Orange to launch a co-branded browser for low-cost smartphone users across Africa and the Middle East.

The service compresses data to provide customers with a faster, more data-efficient service, while reducing the traffic on Orange networks at the same time. Launching in English and Arabic, it offers one-click access to web-based apps and internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Sounds good, but so what? Read more

The Egyptian regulator has given approval for France Telecom to take almost full control of its Egyptian mobile phone joint venture, Mobinil. The markets were keen on the news, with the EGX 30 index up 2.5 per cent at the close of business.

But with the country on something of a knife-edge, is $2bn to buy out your partner a good deal? Read more