PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - French telecoms firm Iliad
is open to a mobile network-sharing agreement with
market leader Orange to lower the deployment costs of
5G technology, its boss said on Thursday.
France's four telecoms operators, which also include
Bouygues Telecom and Altice Europe's SFR,
are preparing to rollout the next generation mobile internet
after the 2.8 billion-euro ($3.32 billion) sale of 5G spectrum
The attribution of 5G frequencies was accompanied by strict
commitments by operators to the French authorities to demands
for extensive coverage of the country with the new technology.
"We're quite open minded when it comes to network sharing,"
Iliad's Chief Executive Thomas Reynaud told the Morgan Stanley
European Technology, Media and Telecom conference in a virtual
"It makes a lot of sense, economically speaking ... Orange
is the usual suspect due to the fact that Bouygues and SFR
already have a partnership on 70% of the population," he added.
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(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Edmund Blair)