Dormal leaves Numericable, takes role with OTT venture

Pascal Dormal has formally left his position as CEO of cable operator Numericable in Belgium and Luxembourg after six years to focus on developing medium-sized companies. In a note marking his departure, Dormal said he was currently involved in helping OTT video specialist Weepee achieve its ambitions to grow and become a market leader. Weepee […]

French regulator reportedly against any SFR Free merger

France’s competition regulator is reportedly likely to oppose any merger of Vivendi-owned mobile and fixed telecom operator SFR with its rival Free. Radio service BFM Business reported on its website that the regulator had told a number of its sources that it wouldn’t accept a merger between the pair on the grounds that it would […]

Sawiris looking at SFR

Egyptian billionaire telecoms investor Naguib Sawiris is interested in acquiring Vivendi-owned telco and IPTV provider SFR. Sawiris told the Financial Times that one of his subsidiaries was looking into acquiring the French telco. Vivendi has been engaged in a review of its structure that could lead to the sale or spin-off of one or more […]

Numericable triple-play boosted by La Box

French cable operator Numericable triple-play subscriber numbers have received a boost from the success of its La Box offering, which was taken by 85,000 homes by the end of September. Triple-play customers numbered 946,000, up 3,000, but TV-only customers dropped by 15,000 to 378,000. Numericable received a boost, however, from its white-label brands including Bbox […]

Vivendi mulling SFR Numericable merger

Vivendi is mulling a number of options for the future of SFR including a merger with Numericable and a fusion with Vodafone, according to various French press reports. Le Figaro and Le Journal du Dimanche have separately reported that Vivendi’s amanagement has held talks with Numericable owners Altice, Cinven and Carlyle with a view to […]

Free comes out on top in French ISP survey

French service provider Free has been voted best ISP in a customer satisfaction survey of the country’s operators, coming out ahead of rivals including Orange, SFR, Numericable and Bouygues Telecom. Free won a 94.5% satisfaction rating, ahead of Orange with 87.4%, SFR with 86.9%, Numericable with 85.7% and Bouygues Telecom with 80.5%. Free won approval […]

Numericable high-speed boost compensates TV decline

French cable operator Numericable had 523,000 very high-speed internet customers at the end of June. The operator hopes to add a further 285,000 subscribers to the very high-speed service, offering speeds of between 100Mbps-200Mbps, by the end of the year. However, Numericable’s regular triple-play base fell from 944,000 to 943,000, with TV customers dropping from […]

AMC/Sundance Channel expands on-demand in Belgium and France

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has expanded it on-demand offerings in Europe. Sundance Channel is launching its on-demand service on the TV platform of Belgian telco Belgacom.  It has also partnered with French cable operator Numericable, to offer exclusive VOD rights for Mad Men to authenticated subscribers as a complement to Sundance Channel’s pre-existing linear service. “We’ll […]

Numericable offers iPhone service to LaBox subscribers

French cable operator Numericable will extend its new LaBox offering from June 11 to include a multiscreen service to iPhones and a free SIM card for mobile services. The LaBox service, the Power version of which will be available for €44.90 a month, will allow LaBox users to watch channels on their iPhones, with an […]

Al Jazeera to launch sports channels in US

Al Jazeera has said it will launch two new sports channels in the US in August. Separately, the Qatar-based broadcaster’s recently launched French sports channels have secured carriage with cable operator Numericable. Al Jazeera plans to launch US versions of beIN Sport 1 and 2. According to the broadcaster the channels will offer a mix […]