Bouygues Telecom


Bouygues plays down speculation on report of possible Altice France move

French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has played down a press report that it in talks to acquire Altice France/SFR in a move that would reduce the number of major telecom operators in France from four to three. Bloomberg reported that Bouygues was considering a bid for Altice’s French unit with other investors, citing unnamed sources. According […]

Service providers slam new EU e-privacy rules

A group of 50 European service providers, media groups and publishers have called for an urgent review of the EU’s proposed e-privacy regulation, arguing that it will give more power and advantage to global internet giants and penalise providers of advertising-dependent services in Europe as well as new market entrants. The group of media companies […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels as pair fail to strike deal

Canal+ has ceased broadcasting TF1’s channels and digital services after failing to strike a deal with the commercial broadcaster. Canal+ has also filed a legal complaint with the Paris commercial court, challenging the legality of the broadcaster’s demands. The pay TV group has already pulled TF1’s signals from its Canalsat service and MyCanal web offering. […]

Richard: Orange will not take part in future French consolidation

Orange will not participate in any future consolidation of the French multi-play telco business, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, despite ongoing speculation about the future of Altice France/SFR. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong full-year results, Richard said that Orange would not play a role in any future combination except “to facilitate it” […]

M6 strikes carriage deal with Bouygues Telecom

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with Bouygues Telecom, adding to its recent deals with Altice-SFR and Canal+. M6 said its deal with Bouygues Telecom provided for the carriage of its channels and non-linear services. The deal will also enable Bouygues Telecom TV subscribers to access extended catch-up TV windows for […]

Canal+ and Free threaten to drop TF1 as services are cut from Orange

Canal+ and Free have threatened to cut ties with TF1 over the latter’s demands for retransmission fees. France’s leading commercial broadcaster last week said it was pulling its channels from Orange’s network after the pair failed to strike a deal. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada told the Journal du Dimanche that the pay TV operator would […]

Free and Bouygues rise as SFR falls

French multi-play service providers Iliad Telecom/Free and Bouygues Telecom have both turned in solid numbers for the first nine months of the year, further throwing into relief the problems being experienced by rival Altice France/SFR. Iliad Telecom posted an increase in revenues of 6.6% to €3.71 billion for the quarter, boosted by the addition of […]

Iliad’s Niel promises new Freebox as competition bites

Iliad Telecom/Free founder Xavier Niel has promised to bring forward the launch of a new multi-play box to help boost the company’s performance in the fixed market. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong first half results, boosted by ongoing growth in mobile, Niel was reported by Reuters to have said that the quality […]

Report: Free now has 20% stake in Canalplay

French service provider Free has acquired a 20% stake in Canal+’s subscription video-on-demand service Canalplay after exercising an option dating from its 2011 sale of its Free Home Video service to the pay TV operator, according to a press report. According to L’Express, Free discreetly took up the option to acquire a slice of the […]

Canal+ teams up with Bouygues Telecom for new offering

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has teamed up with service provider Bouygues Telecom to launch a new offering, Start by Canal, that will be available via Bouygues’ own set-top boxes. The offering, which includes a selection of thematic channels and unlimited access to the Canalplay video-on-demand service, will make films, series, animated content and […]

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