Iliad Telecom

New management for Iliad Telecom/Free as fixed base dips

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has named chief financial officer Thomas Reynaud as its new CEO, replacing Maxime Lombardini, who is stepping aside to take over as president of the group’s administrative board – in effect, chairman. Lombardini replaces Cyril Poidatz, who becomes secretary-general of the group. Reynaud’s appointment as CEO has been accompanied by […]

TF1 secures carriage deal with Free

France’s TF1 Group has put the final piece in place to secure universal fixed-line IPTV distribution after striking a deal with Iliad Telecom/Free. As with previous deals, TF1 said the agreement with Free covered both its linear channels and associated non-linear services, with Free subscribers set to benefit from “innovative functionality” from new services. The […]

M6 breaks new ground in distribution deal with Free

French broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with IPTV operator Free/Iliad Telecom to secure distribution of its channels and associated services on the Free platform. The agreement covers the main M6 channel along with digital channels W9, 6ter, Paris Première, téva, M6 Music et Girondins TV and associated non-linear services. M6 will also […]

Altice’s NextRadioTV joins retransmission fee battle

Altice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free. Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” […]

Xavier Niel ‘close’ to taking majority control of Eir

Xavier Niel, the French telecom entrepreneur and owner of multi-play service provider Iliad Telecom/Free, is close to finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in Irish telco Eir, according to press reports. According to The Times, a deal could be signed by the end of the year, expected to value the telco at around […]

Free and Bouygues rise as SFR falls

French multi-play service providers Iliad Telecom/Free and Bouygues Telecom have both turned in solid numbers for the first nine months of the year, further throwing into relief the problems being experienced by rival Altice France/SFR. Iliad Telecom posted an increase in revenues of 6.6% to €3.71 billion for the quarter, boosted by the addition of […]

Iliad’s Niel promises new Freebox as competition bites

Iliad Telecom/Free founder Xavier Niel has promised to bring forward the launch of a new multi-play box to help boost the company’s performance in the fixed market. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong first half results, boosted by ongoing growth in mobile, Niel was reported by Reuters to have said that the quality […]

Report: Free now has 20% stake in Canalplay

French service provider Free has acquired a 20% stake in Canal+’s subscription video-on-demand service Canalplay after exercising an option dating from its 2011 sale of its Free Home Video service to the pay TV operator, according to a press report. According to L’Express, Free discreetly took up the option to acquire a slice of the […]

Free extends fibre reach with Axione deal

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has signed a deal with deliver services over public fibre operated by Axione across 18 of the country’s departments. Part of the Bouygues Construction group, Axione is one of the major players in building and operating networks under the Plan France Très Haut Débit, a public initiative to extend fibre […]

Free first operator to add LaCinetek movies on-demand offering

French service provider Free has added movies on-demand service LaCinetek to its Freebox offering – the first time the service has been made available by an IPTV operator. The service, which features classic movies of the 20th century chosen by international directors, will be available from June on the Freebox Révolution and Freebox Mini 4K […]