Iliad Telecom


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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Free bounces back as Niel takes hands-on role

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free’s full-year numbers for 2019 saw it bounce back in revenue terms with a return to growth. Founder and leading shareholder Xavier Niel is meanwhile to resume an active management role within the company as president of its administrative board. Free grew its domestic French revenues by 3% to end the […]

Free to launch next-generation box ‘within weeks’

French service provider Free plans to launch a new version of the Freebox, its flagship device and major focus of its presence in subscribers’ homes, in the next few weeks, according to CEO Thomas Reynaud. Interviewed by French financial daily Les Echos, Reynaud said that Free planned to launch the Freebox V8. Reynaud said that […]

Xavier Niel consolidates control of Free

French telecom entrepreneur Xavier Niel has consolidated his control of Iliad Telecom/Free after a successful capital increase of €1.4 billion for the operator to finance a buyback of 19.7% of Iliad’s share capital on January 16. As a result of the two operations, Niel now holds 52.1% of Iliad’s capital, with 70% of the voting […]

Free posts mixed results, moves towards fibre partnership

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free lost 77,000 mobile and 15,000 fixed broadband customers in France in the quarter to June, meaning that its total subscriber base in the French market has dropped by 92,000. On the upside, Free added 172,000 new fibre customers in the quarter, taking its total to 1.3 million at the end […]

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