Iliad Telecom

Iliad Telecom sees strong subscriber growth across three markets

French service provider Iliad Group added 872,000 revenue-generating units to its total in the first quarter, including 790,000 mobile and 82,000 fixed subscribers, as it ramped up its international expansion drive. Iliad, which operates under the Free brand in France, said it ended the quarter as first in its domestic market in terms of recruiting […]

Iliad Telecom reportedly interested in TIM services arm bid

Xavier Niel’s Iliad Telecom is interested in making a bid for the services division of Telecom Italia (TIM), according to various Italian press reports. The reports suggest that Iliad, already a player in the Italian market with a base of around 8.5 million mobile users, could team up with private equity outfit Apax to launch […]

New management line-up for Iliad Telecom-owned UPC Poland

Polish cable operator UPC Polska has a new management team following the completion of its acquisition by Iliad Telecom-owned Play from Liberty Global. Led by Jean-Marc Harion as president, the new management board includes Beata Zborowska as financial director and Michał Ziółkowski as technical director. Other members include: Mikkel Noesgaard, marketing director; Piotr Kuriata, director for […]

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, […]

EC approves UPC Poland sale to Xavier Niel’s Play

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Liberty Global’s Polish operation, UPC Polska, by mobile giant Play, owned by French media tycoon Xavier Niel. UPC said that the acquisition, which it now expects to complete on April 1, will enable the creation of a national champion in the market for digital convergent services. The […]

Niel and Bouygues clash over TF1-M6 merger

French telecom tycoons Xavier Niel and Martin Bouygues have clashed over the proposed merger between commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 in hearings before the country’s upper house, the Senate. Niel, the owner of Iliad Telecom/Free, said that a merger of the country’s two largest commercial broadcasters would “create a monster” that would dominate the advertising […]

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 […]

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 […]

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