France’s AutoritÃ© de la Concurrence has removed restrictions which previously barred France Telecom (FT) selling 'quadruple-play' bundles of fixed and mobile services. The conditions were originally placed on the state company more than ten years ago when the market was being opened up to competition.
As a result of the relaxation of rules, FT will be able to compete with the likes of SFR and Bouygues Telecom which already offer bundles of broadband internet, fixed telephony, TV and mobile calls. The former monopoly will also be able to cross-market by combining client databases once kept separate by law. It is understood FT is readying itself to enter the quadruple-play market as early as mid-August.