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 […]

SFR takes on competition with new offerings

French service provider SFR is to provide its TV Evolution service as a standard feature of its fixed broadband offering, La Box de SFR, available from €29.99. SFR will offer high-speed internet, free calls to over 100 destinations and TV Evolution to new subscribers who can receive it via ADSL or fibre. For other subscribers, […]

Orange and SFR unveil joint fibre plans for Marseille

Orange and SFR have unveiled plans to roll out fibre networks across Marseille and the surrounding region. Having begun deploying networks in the densely populated parts of the city, the pair have announced plans to complete the rollout in less densely populated zones across 17 communes covering over 91,000 households. The rollout is scheduled to […]

Growth for Canal Plus France

Canal Plus France, with pay TV operations in mainland France, overseas territories and Africa, attracted 211,000 new subscribers during the first quarter, ending March with a total of 12,817,000 customers. Canal Plus France’s revenues increased slightly to €1.03 billion from €1 billion at the end of March 2011. In France, ARPU increased by €0.50 to […]

New chief for SFR

Vivendi has named Michel Combes as the new chairman and CEO of telco and IPTV provider SFR. Combes is currently CEO of Vodafone Europe. Jean-Bernard Lévy will continue as chairman and CEO of SFR until August 1, when Combes will take up his post. “We are very happy that Michel Combes has agreed to come […]

SFR CEO steps down

Frank Esser is stepping down as CEO of French telco SFR, a decade after taking the position. Jean-Bernard Lévy, the CEO of SFR’s owner Vivendi, will take control of France’s second-largest telco. Last year Vivendi acquired Vodafone’s 44% stake in SFR for €7.7 billion. In a statement, Vivendi said: “Frank Esser was chief operating officer […]

France Télécom and SFR move forward with fibre rollout

France Télécom/Orange and SFR have unveiled their joint plan to build a fibre optic network in Nantes and the surrounding region. Having begun laying fibre in the city of Nantes, the pair are extending the rollout to less densely populated areas, covering 23 communes in the Nantes Métropole area. The two operators have build out […]

SFR launches new quad-play offerings

Vivendi-backed telco and IPTV provider SFR has launched two quad-play offerings. SFR, which launched its Multi-Packs offering in 2010, has added two ‘special editions’. The first offers quad-play with unlimited fixed and mobile phone calls in France and unlimited fixed calls to 100 international destinations, including 170 TV channels with an option to take 200 […]

BBC World News on SFR

BBC World News, the international news channel operated by the British public broadcaster, has extended its carriage deal with French pay TV operator SFR. The deal extends the channel across SFR’s satellite, DSL and fibre pay TV offers and means that the channel is available to more than 16 million households across France. 
 Colin […]