Iliad’s Play completes acquisition of UPC Poland from Liberty Global

French telco Iliad has completed the acquisition of UPC Poland from Liberty Global. The acquisition, which takes place via Iliad’s Polish mobile subsidiary Play, “represents Iliad’s next step in the Polish telecoms,” iliad said. UPC Poland and Play combined together makes Iliad the second largest telco in the Polish market. For Liberty Global, the US$1.7 […]

Vodafone rejects US$13 billion Iliad bid

Vodafone Italia has formally rejected Iliad’s US$13 billion takeover approach. Iliad Group tabled a bid to merge Vodafone Italia with its operation earlier this week at a time when the British telco group is mulling its future options in the UK, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The preliminary approach from the French group however has been […]

Iliad makes bid for UPC Poland

French telco Iliad has made an indicative offer for Liberty Global’s Polish ISP UPC. The telco, which agreed a deal to acquire Polish mobile operator Play for more than €2 billion in late 2020, said that it has made an offer of PLN7.3 billion (€1.6 billion) for 100% of UPC Poland’s shares. The bid, it […]

Iliad enters Italian fixed-line market

French Telco Iliad will offer fixed-line service in Italy following a deal with broadband operator Open Fiber. Italy has historically not been a particularly prominent market for foreign telcos given the landline sector’s difficulty to attract new customers. However, renewed interest has been seen while the nation has been in lockdown. With the sector improving, […]

Free offering full range of AB HD channels

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free is now offering the full range of conent provider AB Group’s channels in full HD.  AB Group announced in May that it was making its 14 channels available in full HD to distribution partners, and that it was shutting down its standard-definition services. Pay TV platform Canalsat said it would […]

Bouygues kicks off triple-play price war in France

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has kicked off a triple-play price war in France with rival Iliad Telecom by reducing the price of its TV, fixed phone and internet service by a third, with Iliad responding in kind. Bouygues has reduced the price of its La Box triple-play package to €19.99 without minimum contract requirements. […]

VDSL2 for Freebox Révolution subscribers

French ISP Free’s Freebox Révolution subscribers in the Dordogne and Gironde regions now have access to VDSL2 services – a first for the operator. Free said it would extend the availability of VDSL2 services to other departments in the near future. The move will give customers access to speeds of up to 90Mbps downstream and […]

Iliad Telecom sees fixed and mobile growth

French service provider Iliad Telecom had 5.257 million, up from 5.147 million at the end of June, boosted by its Freebox Révolution offering. Iliad’s Free brand had 5.027 million customers, up from 4.885 million, including 18,000 migrations from the Alice brand acquired by Iliad from Telecom Italia. Fixed line revenues amounted to €584 million for […]

Iliad takes majority of new broadband subs

French ISP Iliad Telecom claimed 54% of the country’s total new broadband customers during the first half of the year. The company ended June with a total of 5.15 million broadband subscribers, up from 4.71 million a year earlier. Iliad’s Free subscriber base grew from 4.25 million to 4.89 million, while Alice customer numbers decreased […]

Free secures European Investment Bank funding

French service provider Iliad Telecom, which operates under the Free brand, has secured €200 million in funding for the deployment of next-generation broadband infrastructure from the European Investment Bank. The contract, signed yesterday by Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and European Investment Bank vice-president Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz, followed a similar contract last year […]