PARIS, June 1 France Telecom FTE.PA sees
opportunities for working with Google (GOOG.O) and other
internet players and thinks they will be open to discussing new
ways to generate and share revenue, its chief executive said.
Stephane Richard had told an investor day on Tuesday that
announcements could be made concerning tie-ups with Silicon
Valley companies in the coming weeks.
He told journalists on Wednesday that he had talked to
Google about a stronger segmentation of access to telecoms
networks, making users who want a better service -- a more
stable or faster connection -- pay more.
In that situation, the two groups could share the extra
revenue generated by differentiating levels of service, he said.
"Larry Page told me that they were open-minded on the
subject and ready to start discussions," he said, referring to
the co-founder of Google.
France Telecom, like its competitors, has been faced with an
explosion in traffic in recent years on its mobile network,
linked to the rise in smartphones and the growing popularity
video and internet on mobile phones.
This exponential rise in data traffic has not generated a
proportional increase in revenue.
(Reporting by Marie Mawad; Writing by Helen Massy-Beresford;
Editing by David Holmes)