France set for 700MHz auction

France’s telecoms regulator announced plans to allocate 700MHz frequencies to mobile operators later this year, at the same time as a late rally in prices for this band in the now completed German spectrum auction. In a statement today, Arcep, …

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Arcep paves way for France’s 700MHz allocation

France’s communications regulator, Arcep, published details of a public consultation on “spectrum for superfast mobile”, which included an update on the availability of 700MHz spectrum for operators in the country. In a briefing document, it said that assigning 700MHz frequencies …

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Orange CEO says French consolidation could follow EE sale

Stephane Richard, the chairman and CEO of Orange (pictured), said that the French group will look at opportunities for consolidation in its home market after it closes a deal to sell EE, its joint venture with Deutsche Telekom, to BT. …

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Iliad’s Niel acquires Orange Switzerland

Apax Partners has agreed to sell Orange Switzerland to French telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel-owned investment firm NJJ Capital for 2.3 billion. Apax bought the operator from France Telecom Orange in 2012 for €1.6 billion, but claims to have transformed the business since by upgrading its network to 4G and modernising its backend IT systems.

France sets date for 700MHz auction, targets proceeds of €2B-plus

An auction of frequencies in the 700MHz band is scheduled for late next year in France, with Free, the country’s latest entrant, tipped to lead bids for the 4G-friendly spectrum. The auction was announced by French prime minister Manuel Valls, …

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EC expands scrutiny of Orange’s Jazztel bid

The European Commission (EC) has decided to expand on its assessment of the proposed acquisition bid by Orange for Jazztel. The EC announced the in-depth investigation is to determine whether the proposed acquisition is in line with EU merger regulation.

Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom – report

The CEO of Altice, Dexter Goei has indicated the French cable group could acquire Bouygues Telecom. According to a report, Goei said the firm, owned by billionare Patrick Darhi, would make a perfect candidate to buy the Telecom arm of Bouygues Group, a fellow French firm.

Altice would be “natural buyer” for Bouygues in France, says CEO

France’s top cable operator Numericable, owned by Altice, would consider buying Bouygues Telecom, Altice CEO Dexter Geoi said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona. “We see ourselves as the natural buyer (of Bouygues). We have …

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Orange focuses on IoT in product showcase

Orange has announced a host of new products and services at its third annual hello show in Paris. The company seemed determined to address almost every aspect of modern life as it showcased some 20-odd products and product enhancements for “connected home, connected business and on-the-go.”