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Free teams up with Huawei to launch Chinese pack

French service provider Free has launched a new package of Chinese channels in partnership with technology giant Huawei as part of its Freebox offering. The Chinese pack includes access to up to 57 channels in three separate bouquets. A basic pack with 17 channels, including five in HD, will be available for €7.99 a month. […]

France’s Free sees revenue boost from Canal+ deal

Iliad Telecom-owned French service provider Free received a boost to fixed-line ARPU last year from its partnership with pay TV provider Canal+. The operator said that, thanks to its launch of the TV by Canal Panorama service, its fixed ARPU had increased to €34.70 in the fourth quarter Free has included TV by Canal Panorama […]

Free launches Arabic and Vietnamese bouquets

French service provider Free has added two new à la carte bouquets targeted at Arabic and Vietnamese-speaking groups to its programming line-up. The operator has added Telekidz, a kids TV package for Arabic-speaking audiences comprising three channels – Al Rawda, Basma and Majid – to its line-up. Al Rawda targets kids aged three to six […]

Mediawan to acquire AB Group as first step in Euro-content strategy

Mediawan, the media investment consortium set up by producer Pierre-Antoine Capton, Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and Lazard France chief Matthieu Pigasse, is to acquire French production, channels and distribution player AB Group for €270 million. The investment group, which said that the acquisition would be a “first step towards building a leading independent premium […]

Free now second-placed in French fixed-line market

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has taken second place in the country’s broadband internet market ahead of SFR, with 6.3 million high-speed and very high-speed customers. Free recruited 123,000 new fixed line subscribers in the first half of the year, equal to the amount recruited for the same period last year. Additions were driven to […]

Iliad to become Italy’s fourth mobile player

France’s Iliad Telecom has signed a deal with Hutchison and VimpelCom to acquire assets that the pair are being forced to sell off to secure approval of the merger of their Italian mobile subsidiaries by the EC. According to Iliad, which operates in France under the Free brand, the agreement will enable it to launch […]

Free raises fresh debt

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has raised fresh funds totaling €650 million in the form of obligatory debt with a seven-year maturation. Free said the debt had been oversubscribed with demand from investors in excess of €2 billion. The funds will be used by the company to extend the maturity of its existing debt at […]

Free launches first 4K TV channel Festival 4K

French service provider Free has staked its claim to be the first in the country to launch a 4K TV channel, Festival 4K, which will be included in its Freebox basic TV offering. The launch of the 100% native 4K channel follows the launch of Free’s 4K box in March this year. Festival 4K will […]

Thema launches Le Bouquet Espagnol on Free

Channel distributor Thema last week struck an agreement with French service provider Free to carry Spanish TV package Le Bouquet Espagnol on its platform. The package is available for €4.99 a month and features seven channels – general entertainment channel Antena 3, drama channel Atres Series, music services Sol Música, regional channels TV3 Catalunya, Televisión […]

SFR-Numericable reportedly renewing interest in Bouygues

French quad-play service provider SFR-Numericable has indicated to analysts that it is willing to pay up to €8 billion to acquire its telecom subsidiary Bouygues Telecom, according to local press reports.  According to a study by OFG Research, cited by BFM Business, SFR-Numericable has indicated it is willing to pay €8 billion for the operator. […]