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Samsung could become one of Orange's providers for French 5G license

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

PARIS (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics could become one of Orange's providers for a possible 5G telecoms frequency in France, said Orange's head Stephane Richard on Thursday.

France's 5G telecoms frequencies auction should start later this year.

France's four main telecoms operators - leader Orange, Bouygues Telecom, Altice Europe's SFR and Iliad - regularly compete in costly spectrum auctions, which allow wireless carriers to develop networks.

(Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)