Altice responds on employment, investment fears following Bouygues offer

Altice attempted to address the controversy raised by its bid for French operator Bouygues Telecom, which it said is worth “a minimum of €10 billion”. Politicians expressed anxiety about the bid’s potential to destroy jobs, but Altice said it would …

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French regulator to review Iliad-Orange roaming agreement – report

French industry regulator Arcep will conduct a review into a national roaming agreement between Iliad and Orange. Iliad operates low cost player Free Mobile and has used Orange’s nationwide network since 2012 while it builds its own network, due for completion …

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Orange CEO: Talk of more price cuts is “insane”

Stephane Richard, the CEO of Orange, forecast an end to the price war in France which has taken a toll on the country’s operators and their margins. “In France we have among the lowest prices in the world for both …

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Iliad chief is down on consolidation but subs, revenue head upwards

Iliad’s Free mobile business grew by two million subscribers in 2014 and, just three years after launch, has nabbed 15 per cent market share in France, according to its annual results. Mobile turnover surged 28 per cent to €1.6 billion, …

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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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Bouygues accuses rival Free of misleading its own subscribers

Bouygues Telecom is alleging that rival Free Mobile is throttling the data speed of its  subscribers when they roam onto the network of market leader Orange, said Les Echos. Free is reducing the bandwidth available to its subscribers even before …

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Bouygues extends SFR purchase offer

French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.

Bouygues ups offer for SFR again

French operator Bouygues Telecom is not admitting defeat in its pursuit to acquire rival SFR, having again increased the cash part of its offer to parent group Vivendi. The offer now stands at €13.15bn.

Bouygues to sell network and spectrum to Free if SFR deal goes through

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.