The European market, not is keeps in itself challenges for the entrants and survivors but also have immense growth opportunities for its buyers and sellers. With the joint market of all the European Union states, it provides a business largest platform to operate. Such has been the strategies of telecom operators as well. Most of the market leaders tried to capture as much of the different market segment as possible with diverse service and customized solutions. The focus of European harmonization moment is to discourage monopolies and encourage healthy competition across EU countries as well as pan-Europe and rest of the world.
August 2003 heralds the end of BT's monopoly on the 192 directory enquiries service. 14 new companies are given licenses to compete. Over 700 million calls are made to directory enquiries in the UK each year. A similar process in Germany three years ago saw 39new licenses allocated. At present only two of these companies operate. By the end of the first week at least one firm is laying off temporary contract workers. The Communication Workers Union 'Pink Elephant' campaign is launched and receives nationwide coverage. The campaign is calling upon BT to rethink the planned outsourcing of around 2,000 jobs to India.
Orange-France Telecom leading Telecommunication Operators
Microtel Communications Ltd was founded in year 1990 as a consortium comprising Pactel Corporation, British Aerospace, Millicom and French company Matra that was later on acquired by British Aerospace.