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Orange Looking To Become Quadplay Player

Mobile phone operator Orange is looking to expand its range of services by going into the crowded television market, something it has been looking to do since 2007.

According to the Times, Orange's recent decision to outsource its broadband infrastructure to BT following a strategic overview of the business, will free enough resources to follow other ventures.

Orange will have access to more than 30 million customers, slightly less than half the UK population, following its announced merger with Deutsche-Telekom owned T-Mobile back in November.

The company would become the second ISP after Virgin Media to offer a four-play offer including mobile, fixed-line, broadband and TV in one bundle. Talktalk is also looking to do the same after the acquisition of Tiscali last year but no plans have been formally presented.

Sky Broadband, O2, BT and Tesco could potentially offer quad play bundled by adding only one additional service to their package. One can guess that Orange's offer could be based on BT's own BT Vision package which is currently available for £15 per month.

The sudden interest of Orange (and others) in the TV market could also be linked to the recent decision by Ofcom to force Sky Sports to offer cheaper deals to its rivals or face heavy fines (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.