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Free launches OQEE app

French service provider Free has launched a new app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets that gives subscribers to its Freebox Pop and Freebox Delta offerings access to OQEE by Free, the TV service it launched to complement the Freebox Pop. The OQEE by Free app provides subscribers to both box offerings with access […]

Free signs new distribution deal with TF1

French service provider Free has signed a new distribution agreement with commercial broadcaster TF1, which will see the continued distribution of all TF1’s free-to-air and thematic pay TV channels., as well as non-linear services, on the FreeTV platform. The agreement means that TF1’s on-demand services MYTF1 and TFOUMAX will be distributed by Free. Free said […]

Free extends its fibre reach with TDF agreement

French service provider Free is to commercialise its service offerings via the networks operated by transmission services provider TDF following an agreement between the latter and IFT, a sister outfit to Free owned by its proprietor Iliad Telecom. TDF has built out a number of fibre networks in less densely populated parts of the country […]

Free posts strong results but share price tumbles

French and international service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has turned in a strong first quarter, with its domestic French operation boosted by what it described as strong demand for its two main offerings, the low-cost Freebox Pop and the high-end Freebox Delta, which combine fixed broadband and TV access. Free said that the two offerings accounted […]

Iliad Telecom moves forward with fixed-line plan for Italy

Xavier Niel’s Iliad Telecom/Free has moved forwards with preparation for a launch of fixed-line services in Italy after acquiring a minority stake in Uniero, a leading player in the distribution of consumer electronics and household appliances in the country. Iliad has acquired, through its Italian holding subsidiary, a 12% stake in Uniero. The pair have […]

Free achieves strong growth in face of pandemic

French service provider Free brushed off the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last year to achieve solid growth, which it attributed to strong take up of fibre and the success of its Freebox Pop box. Free added 262,000 fixed-line subscribers in France over the course of the year, and added over one million fibre customers […]

Free adds Disney+ to TV offering

French service provider Free has added Disney+ to its TV offering, bring the latter’s originals and catalogue of films, series and documentaries, including titles from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wards and National Geographic catalogues, to its viewers. Freebox Pop and Freebox Delta subscribers can access the Disney+ offering directly via their set—tops and will […]

Free to acquire Poland’s Play for €2.2bn

French service provider Free/Iliad Telecom has launched a public offer for Polish mobile operator Play, potentially enabling it to launch in a third major European market after France and Italy. Free is aiming to secure control of Play and has struck an agreement in principal to take over the 40% controlling stake held by the […]

Free records strongest fixed-line growth in seven years

French service provider Free appears to have weathered the COVID-19 storm well, becoming the leading recruiter of new fixed-network subscribers for the first time in seven years in its second quarter numbers. The operator added 65,000 fixed broadband customers, taking its total to 6.572 million. Free said that its success in fixed had subsequently been […]

Mediapro strikes deal with Free for Téléfoot

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured carriage for its French premium sports channel Téléfoot with Free. The agreement means that the service, which holds the rights to the lion’s share of Ligue 1 and 2 matches for the next four season, now has distribution deals in place with three of the country’s four major […]

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