Iliad Telecom

Netflix fails to secure Free deal, sets out goals for France

French telco Iliad Telecom/Free has joined Orange in declining to distribute Netflix when it launches in the country on September 15. Iliad Telecom CEO Maxime Lombardini said that the pair had failed to reach an agreement on distributing the US streaming service to Free subscribers’ boxes. Lombardini said that Netflix and Iliad had failed to […]

Free makes fixed-line progress despite tough competition

French multi-play operator Iliad Telecom/Free had close to 15 million fixed and mobile subscribers at the end of June.  While most of the operator’s one million first-half additions were for its mobile offering, Free’s fixed services added 95,000 new subscribers, despite strong price competition from rivals. Free now claims a 24% share of the French […]

OTT service Jook Video secures deal with Free

AB Group-owned French OTT TV service provider Jook Video has secured a partnership with telecom service provider Iliad Telecom/Free that will see the service made available to Free’s TV customers. Jook Video is now available via the Freebox platform for all Free customers that can receive the IPTV service. The service is available via Freebox […]

Iliad Telecom confirms bid for US T-Mobile

Following various press reports, French multi-play provider Iliad Telecom, which operates in France under the Free brand, has confirmed that it has submitted an offer to acquire a majority stake in US mobile operator T-Mobile US. Iliad is proposing to buy 56.6% of the operator for US$15 billion, representing a price of US$33 a share. […]

Report: Iliad offer falls short of Bouygues expectations

France’s Iliad Telecom has in recent weeks made an offer for Bouygues Telecom that falls well short of the latter’s expectations, according to press reports.  According to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, Iliad, which operates under the Free brand, has tabled an offer of between €4 billion and €5 billion for the telecom […]

Bouygues in deal to sell mobile net to Free to secure SFR

Bouygues Telecom has entered into exclusive talks with Iliad Telecom to sell its mobile telecom frequencies and network to the Free operator for up to €1.8 billion, in a move that is seen as clearing the way for Bouygues’ acquisition of Vivendi-backed SFR.  The sale will only take place if the acquisition of SFR goes […]

Free completes refinancing

French service provider Iliad Telecom, operator of the Free brand, has completed a five-year refinancing round totalling €1.4 billion. The five year credit arrangement, extendable to seven years, will give the group greater financial flexibility and extend the average duration of its resources, according to Iliad. The company said its overall debt would remain unchanged […]

Iliad and Bouygues file complaints about Numericable

French ISPs Iliad Telecom and Bouygues Telecom have filed complaints against cable operator Numericable as it moves towards its IPO. Bouygues Telecom has made a claim for restitution over its agreement with Numericable to offer its double and triple-play services over the latter’s network. Bouygues is claiming €53 million in damages and interest over what […]