Iliad Telecom


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 […]

Free sees modest bounce back

French service provider Free experienced a modest bounce back in the first quarter, with 150,000 new fibre customers, a solid result in Italy and a 7.7% lift in revenues. Free posted revenues of €1.293 billion, up 7.7%, with services revenue up 6.6% to €1.22 billion and a 30.4% increase in equipment sales to €73 million. Services […]

Altice France and Free in stand-off over channels

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a stand-off over the carriage of the former’s channels by the latter. Altice France said it was pulling its TV channels from Free’s TV platform after the pair failed to strike acceptable carriage terms, despite the intercession of media regulator the CSA as arbitrator. “Despite our position […]

Altice accepts CSA mediation in Free dispute

Altice France has accepted mediation from audiovisual media regulator the CSA in its dispute with service provider Free over carriage terms for its TV channels, ending for now the threat that they could be removed from the Freebox service. Altice said in a tweet that it had noted that Free was no longer rejecting in […]

Free digests fixed-line losses after tough year

French service provider Free lost 32,000 fixed-line subscribers in the fourth quarter, an acceleration of the rate of loss that has impacted it over the course of the year as a whole. The operator had 6.427 million broadband customers at the end of the year, down from 6.52 million a year earlier. Free’s fibre-to-the-home base […]

Freebox Delta passes 100k customer milestone

French service provider Free has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its recently launched high-end Freebox Delta box. The company said signing up new customers in such numbers for the device represented a considerable success in a market where the average entry price for entry devices began at less than €10 a month. It said […]

Altice France and Free in battle over TV carriage terms

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a battle of wills over carriage terms for the former’s NextRadioTV channels that could see the services disappear from the Free platform from March 20. Altice has threatened to pull its channels – BFMTV, RMC Découverte, RMC Story and BFM Business – from the Freebox if an […]

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