Vivendi agrees €17 billion SFR sale to Altice/Numericable

Vivendi has agreed to sell French telco SFR to Altice/Numericable, which has fended off competition from rival bidder Bouygues to clinch a deal worth “in excess of €17 billion”. Confirming the agreement, Vivendi said that the Altice/Numericable offer delivered the highest value for SFR’s customers, employees and shareholders. Vivendi will receive €13.5 billion at the closing […]

Bouygues extends offer for SFR

France’s Bouygues has extended its improved offer to acquire Vivendi-owned telco SFR until April 25 and has offered an indemnity payment of €0.5 billion in the event of a deal being blocked as it attempts to persuade the company’s owners not to sign a deal with rival bidder Altice/Numericable. The Bouygues offer had been due […]

Numericable holding firm on existing offer for SFR

Numericable owner Altice has no intention of raising its offer for Vivendi’s SFR following Bouygues’ improved offer for the French telco, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Bouygues on Thursday made a new offer of EUR13.15 billion for SFR, an increase of EUR1.85 billion on its previous offer. According to the Journal, […]

Bouygues makes new offer for SFR

French conglomerate Bouygues has upped the stakes in its battle with Numericable and Altice for control of mobile and fixed network operator SFR by tabling a new offer of €13.5 billion for the Vivendi-owned company.  Bouygues’s latest offer tops by €1.4 billion the €11.75 billion offer currently under discussion between Vivendi and Altice. The Altice […]

Bouygues takes on Numericable as it tables offer for SFR

Bouygues has thrown its hat into the ring in the battle for control of Vivendi-owned telco SFR with a €10.5 billion offering. The move sets the stage for a contest between Bouygues and Numericable-owner Altice, which has already tabled an offer, although financial details have not been released. Vivendi confirmed that it has now received […]

Bouygues kicks off triple-play price war in France

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has kicked off a triple-play price war in France with rival Iliad Telecom by reducing the price of its TV, fixed phone and internet service by a third, with Iliad responding in kind. Bouygues has reduced the price of its La Box triple-play package to €19.99 without minimum contract requirements. […]

Bouygues and Darty team up for multi-play offering

France’s Bouygues Telecom and retail chain Darty have teamed up to offer a combined Bouygues Telecom and Darty service through Darty stores. The pair are offering Offres Bouygues Telecom Edition Darty exclusively via Darty’s 226 stores across the country, combining the Bbox fixed-line broadband and TV service, the Eden mobile service and Ideo quad-play offering. […]

Bouygues acquires DartyBox

Bouygues Telecom has acquired consumer electronics retail group Darty’s telecom activities. Bouygues will offer Darty’s DartyBox product, which includes IPTV and broadband access, to new Bouygues subscriber as well as Darty’s existing base of 300,000 fixed line customers. Darty also has a mobile customer base of 40,000.

Bouygues unveils 4G plan

French quad-play provider Bouygues Telecom has unveiled plans to roll out a 4G mobile network from 2013. Bouygues will roll out a pilot network in Lyon. The operator plans to have 5,000 sites made 4G-ready by the end of this year. The company has invested €911 million in acquiring 4G/LTE frequencies. Bouygues has also committed […]

NDS supplying next-generation platform for Bbox

Bouygues Telecom is working with NDS to provide the technology platform for the next generation of its Bbox IPTV set-top. NDS is providing integration services for the launch of the new platform, together with integration consultancy and a selection of critical software components to enable an enhanced pay TV experience. The NDS set-top box software […]