Numericable-SFR launches 800Mbps

Numericable-SFR has launched an 800Mbps internet service to about half a million homes in Paris.  Customers connected to the operator’s fibre network in the capital will now be able to download and stream content to multiple devices simultaneously via the La Box Fibre platform. Numericable-SFR is offering a bundle of services including 800Mbps internet from […]

Drahi reportedly in exclusive talks to buy Portugal Telecom

French cable and telecom investor Patrick Drahi has reportedly entered into exclusive talks to buy Portugal Telecom’s domestic assets after tabling at €7.4 billion bid. According to French financial daily Les Echos, Drahi’s Altice investment vehicle has entered into exclusive talks with Brazil’s Oi to buy the Portuguese telco. The paper said that Altice had […]

Numericable-SFR chief reveals number one ambition

The CEO of France’s newly created Numericable-SFR has thrown down the gauntlet to its principal rival Orange by saying that his ambition is to become the country’s leader in high-speed internet and mobile. Interviewed by French daily Le Figaro, Eric Denoyer also said that Numericable-SFR had no need to acquire smaller rival Bouygues Telecom. This […]

Vivendi completes SFR sale to Numericable

French media firm Vivdendi has closed its €13.37 billion sale of telco SFR to cable operator Numericable. As previously announced, Vivendi will keep a  20% stake in the new combined entity, which it will be free to sell after a one year lock-up period. Numericable will use €200 million of the purchase price to finance […]

Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom

Altice could be open to acquiring French service provider Bouygues Telecom, according to the Patrick Drahi investment vehicle’s CEO, Dexter Goei, cited by Dow Jones Newswires. Goei, speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference in Barcelona, said that there was a great potential to realise synergies between the two companies. Goei said Altice would not need […]

SFR launches first converged product with Numericable

Ahead of its formal acquisition by Numericable, French telco SFR has launched the latter’s La Box Fibre product to its subscribers, allowing them to access internet speeds of up to 200Mbps over the Numericable network, but under the SFR brand. SFR said the new offer, which will priced between €29.99 and €41.99 depending on the […]

Viacom launches new French channel

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is launching a new channel for the French market targeted at older girls and young teenagers. The Nickelodeon 4Teen channel, modeled on the existing US Teenick channel, will be aimed at seven to 14 year-old girls and will be available via the Canalsat pay TV platform and the Numericable cable […]

French minister gives green light to Numericable-SFR acquisition

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has given a green light to Numericable’s acquisition of SFR. The move was necessary thanks to a decree signed by his predecessor, Arnaud Montebourg, in May that made foreign investments in certain strategic industries subject to government approval.  The ministry confirmed to French press that approval had been given, but […]

Cable operators top Netflix Euro-rankings

Netflix has published its second assessment of internet service providers’ performance in Europe since it launched in a batch of countries in September. In France, the rankings showed strong progress by cable provider Numericable and a slight decline in performance by ADSL providers. Numericable’s rollout of high-speed services meant that its October average stood at […]

Altice tables €7 billion bid for Portugal Telecom

Fresh from securing regulatory acceptance of Numericable’s takeover of SFR, telecoms investor Patrick Drahi’s Altice vehicle has made a binding offer to acquire Portugal Telecom’s domestic Portuguese business with a value of €7.025 billion on a cash and debt-free basis.  The assets being bid for comprise the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa […]