Google Is Paying French Wireless Carrier Orange To Help Subsidize Their Bandwidth Costs

Posted Jan 21, 2013

Google is paying money to French telecommunications company Orange because Google’s network of websites like, YouTube, and Gmail are consuming over 50% of Orange’s overall mobile data traffic.  Orange CEO Stephane Richard said that the payments from Google are a “balance of forces” that will offset the base cost for the 230 million plus subscribers that the company has.  Orange CEO told BFM Business TVthe details about the Google-Orange partnership.  Richard said that massive Internet companies should be forced to cover traffic costs because of the volume of data that their visitors use.  Supposedly Orange competitor Free is limiting the amount of traffic that YouTube is receiving.