SFR could face massive fine over 2014 acquisition

Altice-owned French service provider SFR could face a large fine over the 2014 takeover by the company – then called Numericable – of mobile player SFR. Numericable subsequently adopted the SFR brand for all its activities, according to a French press report. According to French financial daily Les Echos, SFR could face a penalty of […]

Virgin Media, Ziggo make gains in Netflix ISP speed ranking

Virgin Media in Ireland and Ziggo in the Netherlands were among the service providers to make speed gains in Netflix’s February ISP Speed Index. In Ireland, Virgin Media climbed three spots and overtook BT Ireland, Vodafone and Digiweb in the rankings to take third place with average speeds of 3.00 Mbps – up from 2.46 […]

Unitymedia drops down Netflix’s ISP Speed Index

Unitymedia Kabel was among the major movers in Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index, with the Germany operator’s average web speed falling to 3.18 Mbps in January. Netflix noted that the internet service provider, which had ranked at the top since Netflix launched service in that country, dropped thee places in the month to eighth place. […]

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 […]

Orange could step in to fill fibre gap left by SFR

Orange could consider stepping up its investment in high-speed internet access in France to fill the gap left open by SFR following its acquisition by Numericable, according to Orange France deputy CEO Pierre Louette. Speaking on an analyst call following Orange’s latest quarterly results, Louette said that SFR had seemed to step back from commitments […]

Numericable-SFR to pay out dividend

Altice-backed French service provider Numericable-SFR has announced that it will pay out a dividend of €5.70 a share, amounting to €2.5 billion in total. Numericable-SFR said that dividend would not have an impact on the group’s financial strength, which profitability improving quarter-by-quarter since the end of 2014. It said that its plan to cut costs […]

Numericable bounces back in Netflix ISP ranking

Numericable overtook Bouygues Telecom in July to reclaim its position as the fastest internet service provider in France, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index. Having been pushed into second place in June, Numericable bounced back in July averaging speeds of 3.90 Megabits per second (Mbps), compared to 3.86 Mbps by Bouygues Telecom. In Germany, […]

Bouygues top in France in latest Netflix ISP Speed Index

Bouygues Telecom overtook Numericable in June to become the fastest internet service provider in France, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index. Bouygues took the top spot with an average speed of 3.86 Megabits per second (Mbps), leapfrogging Numericable with a speed of 3.84 Mbps, while Orange remained in third place with an average speed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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