French operators file documents for 700MHz

France’s four leading mobile operators – Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR – have filed documents in the preliminary stage of applying to use 700MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services, according to telecom regulator ARCEP. The regulator expects to begin auctioning the available frequencies at in November, with allocations to be made by the […]

Numericable-SFR adds Polish bouquet

French service provider Numericable-SFR has added a Polish bouquet to its La Box Fibre services across both the Numericable and SFR networks. The Bouquet Polonais comprises four channels, available for €6.90 a month. The service will include iTVN and iTVN Extra, entertainment channels from TVN Group aimed at Poles living abroad, new channel TVN24 and […]

Altice to acquire Cablevision in US$17.7 billion deal

Cable and telecom investor Altice has agreed a US$17.7 billion (€15.7 billion) deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision. Altice boss Patrick Drahi’s latest mega deal will see the Netherlands-based company pay US$34.90 in cash for each share – a premium of about 22% on yesterday’s closing price – in the fourth largest US cable […]

Altice names B2B chief

Altice has named Pascal Rialland, the former head of business-to-business at French cable and telecom subsidiary Numericable-SFR and CEO of Virgin Mobile France, as head of B2B. Rialland, who will report to recently appointed chief operating officer Michel Combes, was Virgin Mobile France CEO from 2010-14, before moving to Numericable-SFR as head of B2B. He […]

Altice confirms Combes to be COO, Numericable-SFR chairman

Altice has confirmed the appointment of Alcatel Lucent CEO Michel Combes as chief operating officer of the group and chairman of the board of Numericable-SFR. “I am very pleased that Michel, whom I have known for over 20 years, has decided to join us to help structure the Group’s operations and to harmonize our best […]

Alcatel Lucent chief to take Numericable presidency, global Altice role

Altice chief Patrick Drahi has appointed Alcatel-Lucent chief executive Michel Combes as president of Numericable-SFR and global director of operations at Altice itself, and he will join the telecoms group next month, according to Le Figaro. According to the paper, Drahi has offered Combes, with whom he has a longstanding friendship, a position tailored to […]

Vivendi exits Numericable-SFR with €2 billion payment

Vivendi has received €1.974 billion from Patrick Drahi’s investment group Altice in part-payment for Vivendi’s residual 20% stake in French cable and telecom operator Numericable-SFR. The payment represents the balance of the purchase price for the stake agreed between the pair when they struck their deal to transfer the stake in February, and marks the […]

Altice’s Numericable-SFR and My Chaîne Sport secure basketball deal

French service provider Numericable-SFR and Ma Chaîne Sport (MCS), also owned by Altice Group, have signed an exclusive partnership with France’s Fédération Française de BasketBall (FFBB) et la Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) whereby SFR will become the official partner of French basketball and hold the marketing rights for its competitions. MCS will become the […]

Altice acquires more shares in Numericable-SFR

Altice has acquired a further tranche of shares in Numericable-SFR and has completed the sale of its Réunion and Mayotte service provider to Madagascar’s Hiridjee Group. Altice has just short of 1.3 million Numericable-SFR shares for €64.6 million, paying €49.75 a share. Separately, Altice has completed the sale of its Outremer Telecom mobile unit in […]

Numericable-SFR sees improvement in second quarter

French operator Numericable-SFR and parent company Altice both posted solid second-quarter financials, although the group has continued to lose mobile and fixed subscribers. Numericable-SFR revenues for the second quarter were €2.781 billion, down 2.4% year-on-year but 1.3% up on the first quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was up 19% to €1.056 billion thanks to the programme of […]