77% of phones sold by Orange in France at Christmas were Apple iPhones

EA Store: Award-winning GamesLes Echoes has in interview with France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard that touches on Apple iPhone. Google’s “translation” followed by Yahoo’s:

Recently, ATT and O2 have agreed that their network saturated due to the rise of mobile Internet … And you?

Orange has not had this problem because we have not hesitated to invest in infrastructure. It was necessary, because we experienced a real surge of mobile broadband. In one year, the consumption rate has been multiplied by 2.6 in France, 3.6 in the United Kingdom, 3.2 in Belgium, 3.3 in Switzerland, and even 2 in Romania yet in recession. The bandwidth consumption is expected to double again this year. The integrated operator strategy, initiated in 2005, was correct. It now uses his phone, and in particular its iPhone, as if we had a notebook in his pocket. These include the large arteries should be strengthened in Internet technologies to avoid saturation. On this point, we are ahead of others. And we will not stop there.

Should we charge more for heavy users, as suggested by ATT?

We must above all be transparent vis-à-vis all consumers. We think for example the use of other terms that the term “unlimited mity in our offerings, including packages of fat consumption. Be aware: at Christmas, 77% of phones sold in a bundle by Orange were the iPhone! I can not characterize this phenomenon, to explain why so many industrial run behind and fail to catch him. I turn myself my day to connect to Internet on my iPhone. For now, I do not know whose phone usability for mobile Internet is so enjoyable.

With the success of the iPhone, do not you fear being dependent on one handset?

The problem is the “monopoly” of the iPhone. Why do you think has made the Orange Application Shop and are sold “Google phones”? In any case, we are not to thank you Apple.

Full article via Google French to English translation here.

Yahoo’s French to English translation of the same excerpt:

Recently, ATT and O2 recognized that their network saturated because of rise of the Mobile Internet… And on your premise?

Orange did not have this problem because we did not hesitate to invest in the infrastructures. It was needed, because we lived a true surge of high speed portable. In one year, the consumption of flow was multiplied by 2,6 in France, 3,6 in the United Kingdom, 3,2 in Belgium, 3,3 in Switzerland, and even by 2 in Romania however in recession. The consumption of band-width should still double this year. The strategy of integrated operator, initiated in 2005, was the good one. One makes use now of his telephone, and in particular of sound iPhone, as if there were a laptop in his pocket. These are in particular the large arteries that it is necessary to reinforce in technologies Internet to avoid saturation. On this point, we are in advance on the others. And we will not stop we there.

Is it necessary to make pay the large-scale consumers expensive, as ATT suggests it?

It is necessary for us above all to be transparent with respect to all the consumers. We think for example of the use of other terms that the term “illi mite” in our offers, including for fixed prices of large consumption. Appointment counts: in Christmas, 77 % of the telephones sold with a fixed price by Orange were iPhone! I do not manage to characterize this phenomenon, to explain why such an amount of D `industrial runs behind and are not able to catch up with it. I pass myself my day to be connected to Internet on my iPhone. For the moment, I do not know a telephone whose ergonomics for the Mobile Internet is also pleasant.

With the success of the iPhone, don’t you fear to be dependent on only one mobile?

What poses problem, it is the “monopoly” of the iPhone. Why do you believe that the Orange Shop Application was made and that one sells of “Google phons”? In any case, we are not at the thank you of Apple.

Full article via Yahoo! Babel Fish’s French to English translation here.

Original article in French here.

22 Comments

  1. My interpretation of Google’s translation are:
    “at Christmas, 77% of phones sold in a bundle by Orange were the iPhone! I can not characterize this phenomenon, to explain why so many industrial run behind and fail to catch him. I turn myself my day to connect to Internet on my iPhone. For now, I do not know whose phone usability for mobile Internet is so enjoyable.”

    That means, he doesn’t understand why so many handset makers can’t catch up to Apple. He uses his iPhone every day, and he doesn’t know any phone as usable or as enjoyable.

    “The problem is the “monopoly” of the iPhone. Why do you think has made the Orange Application Shop and are sold “Google phones”? In any case, we are not to thank you Apple.”

    That means, Orange’s response to the overreliance upon iPhone dominance is to open an Orange AppStore and to also sell Android phones. They are not reliant upon Apple.

    That’s what I think he was saying.

  2. @ ron,

    France is the best place to live in the world with but one insignificant caveat.

    If you happen to be among the few people in France that actually pay income taxes, you’ll get pissed off in a hurry paying for everyone else’s good life.

    Socialism, gotta love it if you are unionized and don’t have to work for a living.

  3. I have translated the meaning as accurately into English as my level of English allows.

    de Villiers

    Recently, AT&T;and O2 have seen their network overloaded due to the rapid increase of the internet being accessed by mobile devices. Will you see the same issues?

    Orange has not had that problem because we did not delay in investing to increase and strengthen our mobile network infrastructure. This was necessary because we had seen a real surge in the use of mobile internet. In one year, despite the recession, it increased by 2.6 times in France, 3.6 in the UK, 3.2 in Belgium, 3.3 in Switzerland and the use had doubled even in Romania. Mobile broadband use looks set to double further this year. Having refocused ourselves in 2005, we have a good strategy to cope with this. Today, people use their telephones and, in particular, their iPhones, as a lightweight computer in their pocket. There are some main arteries in our network that we must reinforce in order to avoid them becoming overloaded. On this, we are ahead of our competitors. And we are not going to rest there.

    Will it be necessary for the biggest downloaders to pay more, as AT&T;have suggested?

    We must be completely transparent with all our customers. We have considered, for example, using terms other than “unlimited” in our tariff descriptions, whilst charging a flat-rate for a large amount of internet access. Remember that at Christmas, 77% of telephones with a fixed-rate tariff that Orange sold were iPhones! It’s amazing. I cannot say why so many other mobile telephone manufacturers have fallen so far behind and have been unable to catch-up. I, myself, use my iPhone to access the internet every day. I know of no other telephone on the market today which is so well designed for mobile internet.

    With the success of the iPhone, are you not worried that you will become over-dependent on one mobile device?

    This is the supposed iPhone monopoly. Why do you think that we launched the Orange application store and that we sell Google phones? Even aside from this, we are not at the mercy of Apple.

  4. I should add that France is not socialist. We are a capitalist country. Unlike others, we have not nationalised our banks or mortgage companies. We are the sixth largest exporter in the world and have the world’s fifth largest economy.

    The state-sector may be sclerotic but the private sector in France is one of the most profitable, efficient and productive in the world.

  5. This paragraph: “Ce qui pose problème, c’est le « monopole » de l’iPhone. Pourquoi croyez-vous qu’on a fait l’Orange Application Shop et que l’on vend des « Google phones » ? En tout cas, nous ne sommes pas à la merci d’Apple.” was translated above as: “he problem is the “monopoly” of the iPhone. Why do you think has made the Orange Application Shop and are sold “Google phones”? In any case, we are not to thank you Apple.”

    He’s saying that they are not at the MERCY of Apple because they also have Google phones.

    That’s a laugh when 77% of phones purchased were iPhones and that will probably grow. When I was in France in August, iPhones were everywhere.

  6. @de Villers – Not all Americans are as backward or uninformed as you might conclude by reading Big Als MBP or ron. Knee-jerk conservatives can be pretty silly sounding at times. They remind me of the seagulls in “Finding Nemo”, “mine, mine, mine, mine.”

  7. @de Villers – OBTW, thanks for the translation. Auto-tranlation has a way to go. This one reminds me of the old joke about Chinese to English translation by computer.

    They once put the phrase “Out of sight, out of mind” into an English to Chinese translation program. What they got back was Chinese for “Blind fool.”

  8. The main difference between France and say the UK is that French industries are rightly supported by a Government that insists its the correct strategy to have viable car, railway and aircraft industries plus other hi-tech communication, space research, nuclear energy and deep sea industries.

    There is no UK motor industry now. Not much of a steel industry. No meaningful atomic energy industry. No high speed rail network. But we do have the mother of all parliaments but she is a creaking geriatric and lacking a sound mind.

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