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The strongest-ever quarterly earnings from the UK’s largest mobile phone group, Everything Everywhere, today boosted the chances of its £10 billion flotation on the London stock market taking place by the end of this year.

Why are so many France Telecom workers dying?

In the past 19 months, 24 workers have committed suicide. Shocking? Not when compared to previous years' totals.

French phone operator hit by 24th suicide

France Telecom ordered to act 'more humanely' after another employee dies

Orange to sell Apple's iPhone later this year

France Telecom's Orange will start selling the popular Apple iPhone in Britain later this year, it said on Monday, when the exclusive contract held by Telefonica's O2 will expire.

Exec: Email is causing killer stress

A top business executive has blamed the massive volume of work-related emails, including on smartphones, for the stress on workers today.

French phone giant tries to halt wave of suicides

France's national phone company has held a mass emergency meeting to discuss a wave of staff suicides blamed on redundancies and cuts.

Business Diary: Hitting the top is easy, but try staying there

Richard Moat, boss of T-Mobile UK, needs to learn that timing is crucial in business. After a 16-year career at Orange, Moat agonised earlier this year about a change of company before finally deciding that the opportunity to run T-Mobile in Britain was too good to pass up. Just four months into his new post, the merger of Orange and T-Mobile here will see him lose the top role to his old boss at his former employer.

David Prosser: The best way to ring in the changes

Outlook Radio (and telephone) silence so far from Vodafone and O2 over the deal between Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom to merge their UK operations. Both are threatened by the combination of T-Mobile and Orange leapfrogging them and both are thought to have offered Deutsche cash for the former business. Yet neither seems to be prepared to come up with a higher offer in order to break up the party.

Martin Lewis: Customers are bound to take a hit

In the short term, T-Mobile and Orange customers will probably find that this deal makes little difference to the service they receive, though it is possible we might see High Street outlets begin to close in the areas where there is the greatest overlap. We may also begin to see the two businesses compete less aggressively on price as they come together.

Combined phone firms would lead UK market

A tie-up between Orange and T-Mobile in the UK will catapult two of the sector's smaller players into lead position in the UK market with a share of 37 per cent.

Repairs start on Mediterranean telecoms cables

Work began on Sunday to fix submarine cables under the Mediterranean suspected of being cut by a ship's anchor, disrupting Internet and international telephone service in parts of the Middle East and south Asia.

Orange repatriates its call centres to improve service

Orange, the mobile phone operator, is to bring back all its offshore call centres from India to the UK as part of a drive to improve services for its 15 million customers.

Tom Alexander: Former racing driver intent on steering Orange past its rivals

He admits to a thirst for speed, which may be why he was picked to lead Orange UK in the fast-changing world of mobiles. The figures suggest he is winning.

France Telecom abandons bid for Nordic rival TeliaSonera

France Telecom's shares shot up by 7 per cent yesterday as the group walked away from a controversial friendly takeover of the Nordic group TeliaSonera because the two companies could not agree a price.

Vodafone risks shareholder anger over Alltel takeover

Vodafone is risking further wrath from shareholders over the lack of dividend payments from its Verizon Wireless stake with yesterday's $28.1bn (£14.4bn) takeover of Alltel, the US rural mobile company.

Orange boss promises the future is bright, despite 450 job cuts

Tom Alexander, the new boss of Orange, yesterday claimed he would make the mobile phone company the UK's "best-loved communications business", with new investments in customer service and network upgrades.

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