Search engine giant Google is reportedly in talks with France Telecom to work towards reducing the impact of data traffic on telecom networks.
Citing two people familiar with the matter Bloomberg reported that the talks between the two companies will focus on fixed line and mobile phone networks.
A possible partnership between Google and France’s largest telecom service provider will involve technological cooperation and research. The deal will not involve Google paying compensation to France Telecom.
Networks of companies like France Telecom are being excessively burdened by internet users accessing the web using services offered by companies like Google and Apple. Telecoms believe that heavy traffic was overloading the networks without offering to pay for the upkeep of the networks.
According to France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard, in Paris alone, the mobile phone traffic was growing by 5 percent every single week.
“You hear the content industry say they struggle to make money with piracy and so on, while we have challenges with the investment requirements versus the revenues. Everybody faces a challenge in the long run,” Richard Feasey, public policy director of Vodafone Group had said in an interview last week.