Maxime Lombardini

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 […]

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” […]

Canal+ and Free threaten to drop TF1 as services are cut from Orange

Canal+ and Free have threatened to cut ties with TF1 over the latter’s demands for retransmission fees. France’s leading commercial broadcaster last week said it was pulling its channels from Orange’s network after the pair failed to strike a deal. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada told the Journal du Dimanche that the pay TV operator would […]

Free says no to Netflix for now

French service provider Free will not follow its peers amongst the country’s ISPs and give carriage to Netflix immediately, according to the company’s CEO, Maxime Lombardini. Lombardini, speaking at a colloquium organized by telecom regulator ARCEP, said that to accept the conditions offered by the US subscription video-on-demand provider, as the country’s other operators have […]

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 […]