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Iliad Telecom sees growth across all markets

Iliad Telecom, the French-based service provider owned by billionaire Xavier Niel, saw strong growth across its domestic and international businesses last year. The group grew its overall subscriber base by 2.03 million, including 1.7 million mobile and 345,000 fixed-line customers. In France, where Iliad operates under the Free brand, the subscriber base grew by 439,000, […]

Iliad Group bids for Vodafone Italy

Xavier Niel’s Iliad Group has tabled a bid to take control of Vodafone Italia with a view to merging it with its own Italian operation. Iliad CEO Thomas Reynaud told Bloomberg that his company had placed a bid for 100% of Vodafone’s Italian operation. Vodafone CEO Nick Read has expressed his support for consolidation in […]

Free launches Ligue 1 website

French service provider Free has launched a website dedicated to Ligue 1 top-tier football to complement its existing Free Ligue 1 Uber Eats app. Free holds the rights to transmit near-live highlights of Ligue 1 football. The company said that in order to maximise access to Ligue 1 coverage, it was launching a website to […]

Iliad launches fibre offering in Italy

Iliad Telecom, operator of the Free service in France, has launched its fixed-line proposition in Italy under the Iliadbox brand. Iliadbox provides fibre broadband with speeds of up to 5Gbps for €15.99 a month to Iliad’s 8.5 million mobile customers in the country. The Iliadbox, which was developed internally, provides download speeds of up to […]

Iliad Telecom appealing to EC on TF1-M6 merger

French and international service provider Iliad Telecom, parent of Free, is appealing for the European Commission to probe the planned merger of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, pay TV operator Canal+ is considering joining Iliad in its move to bring the merger […]

Free takes Disney+ to Freebox Delta and Freebox One

French service provider Free has integrated Disney+ in its Freebox Delta avec Player Devialet and Freebox One products, enabling viewers to watch the streamer directly via these set-tops. Free is offering access to Disney+ at no additional charge for the first six months, after which the service will be available for the normal €8.99 monthly […]

Xavier Niel’s Iliad to acquire UPC Poland from Liberty Global

Liberty Global has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of its operations in Poland to iliad Group’s Polish mobile subsidiary Play. The deal, which will see Liberty Global complete its exit from central and eastern Europe and marks a major expansion for Xavier Niel’s Iliad in the country, values its Polish assets at PLN7 […]

Xavier Niel begins process of taking Free private with public offering

Iliad Telecom, which operates in France under the Free brand, has launched the public offering designed to enable founder Xavier Niel to delist the company and focus on his longer term strategic objectives. The offering, which closes September 24, should see the number of free-floating shares reduced to under 10% of the voting capital, enabling […]

NENT strikes Viaplay deal with Xavier Niel’s Play in Poland

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Polish mobile operator Play, owned by France’s Iliad Telecom, have agreed a multi-year distribution deal that will make NENT’s Viaplay streaming service available to Play’s post-paid subscribers. New and renewing subscribers to the Play Now TV service will receive access to Viaplay. Current Play Now TV customers will have […]

Xavier Niel advances move to take Iliad Telecom/Free private

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has submitted documentation regarding its planned public offering to acquire its shares and founder and principal shareholder Xavier Niel moves to take the company private to markets regulator the AMF. Iliad is offering €182 per share to acquire shares during a 12-day window, beginning September 9. A previous offer last […]

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