Ownit overtakes Com Hem as fastest Swedish ISP, says Netflix

Swedish internet service provider Ownit overtook Com Hem in March to become the country’s fastest ISP for the first time since June 2014, according to Netflix.  The Netflix ISP Speed Index for March found Ownit to have an average speed of 3.95 Mbps, while ComHem dropped down to second place with speeds of  3.93 Mbps. […]

French watchdog looking again at Numericable-SFR

France’s competition watchdog has begun investigating whether cable operator Numericable and telco SFR began acting in concert before the acquisition of the latter by the former was greenlit by the regulator, according to local press.  The competition authority has begun looking into whether Numericable effectively took control of SFR, for example in matters related to […]

Numericable-SFR hit by mobile competition

French cable and telecom giant Numericable-SFR has posted a decline in revenue of 5% and losses of €175 million for the 2014 full year. The combined company posted revenues of €11.43 billion, down from €12 billion for 2013, with the decline in revenues attributed to price competition in the mobile market.  Numericable-SFR also said its […]

SFR-Numericable lays out terms for open network

French service provider SFR-Numericable has this week published terms for opening its cable network up to rival operators, a condition for regulatory agreement to Numericable’s acquisition of mobile operator SFR. However the company’s offers have already attracted criticism for being too expensive. Numericable has published two reference offers – a white label offering which allows […]

Numericable-SFR, Altice in €3.9bn bid for Vivendi’s remaining stake

Numericable-SFR and its principal owner Altice has made a €3.9 billion offer to buy out Vivendi’s remaining stake in the company. Under the terms of the proposed deal, which would take place following the Numericable-SFR shareholders’ meeting at the end of April, the pair would buy out Numericable’s 20% stake at a a price of […]

SFR-Numericable reportedly renewing interest in Bouygues

French quad-play service provider SFR-Numericable has indicated to analysts that it is willing to pay up to €8 billion to acquire its telecom subsidiary Bouygues Telecom, according to local press reports.  According to a study by OFG Research, cited by BFM Business, SFR-Numericable has indicated it is willing to pay €8 billion for the operator. […]

Numericable-SFR moves swiftly to placate regulator over Outremer charges

Numericable-SFR has moved swiftly to head off a possible reversal of the French competition regulator’s previous approval of cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of SFR after concerns were raised that the group was seeking to undermine its own subsidiary in two French overseas territories ahead of a forced sale of the unit.  Numericable had been obliged […]

Watchdog raises possibility of rescinding Numericable-SFR green light

France’s competition regulator is looking into a possible breach of conditions set ahead of cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of SFR, opening the possibility that the green light given to the deal could be rescinded. The regulator required the sale by of Outremer Telecom, the main operator in Réunion and Mayotte, because the acquisition of SFR’s […]

Cable investor Drahi in talks to buy L’Express

Cable and telecom networks investor Patrick Drahi is in exclusive talks to acquire French weekly news magazine L’Express and other titles owned by Belgian publisher Roularta, with a deal possible in the next few days, according to French business title Les Echos.  Drahi, who masterminded French cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of larger mobile rival SFR […]

Numericable-SFR launches download-to-own store

French operator Numericable-SFR has launched its download-to-own store, VideoStore by Numericable, giving users access to a library of about 120 films at launch. Numericable-SFR has signed deals with five Hollywood studios to secure content for the service. Prices for movies begin at €5.99. Highlights include Luc Besson’s new science-fiction movie Lucy, which is available for […]