Numericable-SFR takes on Canal+ with competition watchdog

Numericable-SFR has lodged a complaint against Canal+ with France’s competition regulator, the Autorité de la Concurrence, over the pay TV group’s distribution practices, according to French financial daily Les Echos. According to Les Echos, citing unnamed sources, the Altice-owned cable and telecom group has taken issue with Canal+’s agreements with distributors such as Orange and […]

Altice names B2C and strategy chiefs

Cable and telecom investor Altice has named Eric Klipfel as group head of business-to-consumer and Régis Turrini as head of regulation, government affairs and strategy. Klipfel was previously head of B2C at Altice-owned SFR, and also served as deputy CEO of the company between 2008 and 2010. Turrini was previously Commissioner to the French State […]

SFR to launch new Ultra HD box and SVoD service

French pay TV operator SFR is due to launch a new 4K Ultra HD gateway, called La Box Fibre Zive de SFR, on November 17 along with a Zive-branded SVoD service. The Zive SVoD offering will be available through the new box and will be exclusive to SFR customers in France. It is due to […]

Altice to accelerate fibre build-out

Cable and telecom investor Altice has said it plans to accelerate its fibre build-out in France and Portugal. In France, the Altice Group has set itself new targets for fibre deployment via Numeridable-SFR and now aims to reach 12 million homes passed by the end of 2017, 18 million homes passed by the end of […]

Job losses expected as SFR moves to drop Numericable brand

Numericable-SFR is to drop the use of the Numericable brand and close down its retail outlets, with SFR becoming the marque for the company’s mobile and fixed-line programmes going forwards, according to a report in Le Parisien. According to the magazine, Numericable-SFR management informed union representatives of the plan, implementation of which has long been […]

Numericable-SFR slows subscriber decline, ahead of schedule on synergies

Numericable-SFR has succeeded in arresting the number of mobile and fixed customers leaving it in the third quarter, after a period in which it suffered from a sever drop in its base. Mobile customers at the of the third quarter numbered 21.807 million, down from 21.895 million in June, while fixed subscribers numbered 6.358 million, […]

Numericable-SFR prices new loan

Numericable-SFR has successfully priced a new US$1.34 billion (€1.12 billion) term loan and a separate €500 million term loan with a maturity date of January 2023, which the company said would be used to finance its previously announced dividend to shareholders. Those shareholders include Altice, the company’s principal owner, which plans to use its share […]

Irish Netflix web speeds the slowest in Europe

Ireland had the slowest average web speeds of all the European countries where Netflix is live, according to the SVoD service’s latest ISP Speed Index. The September measure of primetime Netflix performance ranked Ireland’s average web speed at 3.10 Mbps, with Magnet the fastest service provider at 3.36 Mbps and Imagine the slowest at 2.10 […]

French competition watchdog investigates Numericable-SFR’s fibre investment

France’s competition regulator has launched a third enquiry in a year into Numericable-SFR, this time looking into the conditions in which Numericable is executing its commitments relating to its co-investment agreement with Bouygues Telecom to deploy fibre networks. The agreement, which predates Numericable’s acquisition of SFR, relates to a joint plan to deploy fibre in […]

Numericable-SFR bundles L’Express digital with 4G

Altice-backed French service provider Numericable-SFR is offering its 4G mobile customers who take its Power 5Go package the option of a free subscription to the online edition of L’Express, the news magazine recently acquired by its parent company. Customers who choose an Extra LeKiosk option will have access to a digital edition of L’Express for […]

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