France Telecom considering sale of EE
EE, previously known as Everything Everywhere, previously known as Orange and T-Mobile and for many parts of their operations still known as these later names may be about to undergo another round of change if information in the Financial Times is correct. The suggestion is that France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom may be looking to sell its stake or partially float EE.
Orange three years ago gave up running its LLU network, handing the fixed line operations over to BT Wholesale to run on their behalf, and since the launch of the EE 4G network and EE offering a FTTC service, the firm has had a growing base of fibre optic broadband customers, though we estimate the numbers are only around 10,000 to 20,000 customers. Though older ADSL2+ customers have not been happy over things like the withdrawal of free broadband for Orange mobile customers.
If the whole fixed and mobile broadband business is up for sale, and with Skys' recent acquisition of the O2/Be consumer base, maybe BSkyB might be tempted to acquire a complete mobile provider with millions of customers and add another few hundred thousand fixed line broadband customers to its portfolio.