The head of France Telecom will unveil the carrier's international strategy on Thursday morning (GMT), following Wednesday's announcement that Deutsche Telekom and Sprint are to sell their respective stakes in Global One.
Analysts said France Telecom will use Global One to spearhead its international expansion, but do not believe that the carrier will seek other partners to replace its former allies.
Global One had been facing an uncertain future for some time. In November, France Telecom chief executive Michel Bon told analysts that even if the venture did not survive, the French operator would continue to build an international network with or without the help of Sprint and Deutsche Telekom.
Stephane Teral, an analyst at telecoms consultant Ryan Hankin Kent, said: "France Telecom has a very clear international strategy and an impressive international portfolio. It is building its own international infrastructure and has an impressive submarine cable range."
France Telecom will inherit Global One's 30,000 customers - including Coca Cola, Hewlett-Packard and Unilever - a sales presence in 65 countries and 1,400 network access centres around the world. But Teral believes that the carrier will have to upgrade Global One's now ageing ATM based infrastructure to take advantage of optical technologies.
In contrast, Deutsche Telekom has failed to come up with a clear international strategy, said Teral.
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