Numericable-SFR extends Restart service

French service provider Numericable-SFR has added the five channels from public broadcaster France Télévisions to its Restart TV service and is making Restart available across its LaBox TV and SFR TV applications. The addition of France Télévisions channels will enable Numericable-SFR customers with fibre connections to view programmes on France 2, the national version of […]

Rules set for French 700MHz auction

The French government has finalised the conditions for the sale of frequencies in the 700MHz hitherto used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting to mobile telecom providers. Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and the secretary of state for digital, Axelle Lemaire, have signed off on the conditions, based on proposals from telecom regulator ARCEP, that should see the frequencies […]

Numericable-SFR seeks urgent meeting in dispute with Paris city

French service provider Numericable-SFR has sought an urgent meeting with Paris city council officials after the latter threatened to remove the operator’s equipment from local distribution facilities for non-payment of fees, according to local reports. The city has ordered Numericable-SFR to pay up or have its equipment removed by August 10, potentially depriving up to […]

Altice interested in acquiring KPN

Undaunted by last week’s rejection of its €10 billion offer by France’s Bouygues for its telecom unit, Numericable-SFR owner Altice has declared an interest in a possible acquisition of Dutch telco KPN. Altice CEO Dexter Goei told Dutch daily De Telegraaf that the group was interested in KPN but added that the two companies were […]

Bouygues rejects €10bn Numericable-SFR bid

The board of French conglomerate Bouygues has rejected the €10 billion offer placed by Numericable-SFR to buy Bouygues Telecom, the country’s fourth-ranked national telecom operator. According to French press, sources cited a perceived lack of seriousness in the bid and a giant risk of execution. According to French financial daily Les Echos, citing a source […]

Numericable-SFR makes bid for Bouygues Telecom

Altice-backed French telco Numericable-SFR has made an offer to acquire Bouygues Telecom, Altice has confirmed. Iliad Group, the owner of rival telco Free, has confirmed it is in exclusive talks with Numericable-SFR to acquire a part of Bouygues’ assets, which would be conditional on a deal between Numericable-SFR and Bouygues going through. The divestment of […]

French watchdog approves Outremer Telecom sale

French telecom watchdog ARCEP has approved the sale of Numericable-SFR’s Réunion and Mayotte operator Outremer Telecom’s mobile telecoms activities to Madagascar-based Hiridjee Group. ARCEP has also approved the sale of Outremer’s mobile frequencies to Telco OI, Hiridjee’s local holding group. The sale of Outremer Telecom’s mobile interests was a condition for approval of the acquisition […]

Numericable-SFR adds MYTF1

French service provider Numericable-SFR has added commercial broadcaster TF1’s catch-up service to its platforms, according to local reports.  The move will mean that Numericable-SFR subscribers will be able to access the MYTF1 Replay service on their TVs via their set-top boxes, bringing catch-up content form the main TF1 channel, including Koh Lanta and Grey’s Anatomy […]

Altice steps into US cable in US$9 billion deal

Cable and telecom investor Altice, the majority owner of France’s Numericable-SFR, is moving into the US cable market with a US$9.1 billion (€8.1 billion) deal to acquire the country’s seventh largest operator, Suddenlink.  Altice will take a 70% majority stake in Suddenlink from existing shareholders BC Partners, CPP Investment Board and Suddenlink management. BC Partners […]

Numericable-SFR sets ambitious network targets as it posts EBITDA growth

French cable operator Numericable-SFR has hailed a “return to growth” in the first quarter, driven by a 6.7% in its very high-speed broadband base to 1.595 million. The operator also set ambitious targets for fibre and 4G growth.  Numericable-SFR’s ADSL base declined by 4% to 4.925 million in the year to March. The group’s total […]