France Telecom has delayed its results conference by two weeks in order to make a decision over the future of its partner MobilCom, the loss-making German mobile phone operator.
This heralds the end of a year-long dispute over the company that has exasperated French Government ministers as its chairman Michel Bon has failed to settle the row.
In a statement to the stock market, France Telecom said the delay was necessary "to finalise the analysis which will allow the board to take a decision on MobilCom".
MobilCom has warned that it has considered writing off some of the value of its third-generation (3G) business plans that cost it £5bn.
The company, 28.5 per cent owned by France Telecom, said it would delay the rollout of 3G from this autumn to next year.
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