Xavier Niel


Xavier Niel’s Iliad in fresh bid to merge Italian operation with Vodafone

Xavier Niel’s Iliad Group has made a fresh bid for the merger of its Italian operation with that of Vodafone, valuing Vodafone Italia at €10.45 billion and Iliad Itala at €4.45 billion. The proposal, which comes two years after Vodafone rejected Iliad’s first offer for its Italian operation, would see both Iliad and Vodafone obtain […]

Xavier Niel takes stake in Belgium’s Proximus

Xavier Niel, proprietor of French and pan-European telecom group Iliad Telecom, has taken a 6% stake in Belgium’s leading telco Proximus via his Carraun investment vehicle, the parent of Irish telco Eir. Proximus’s stock price was boosted by around 5% on news of the acquisition. Carraun said that it was takin the staek to get […]

Xavier Niel reportedly looking to invest in France’s Brut

French media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of service provider Free, and sometime rival French-Lebanese businessman Rodolphe Saadé have teamed up to make a large scale investment in youth-oriented online media outfit Brut, according media reports. According to Les Echos, Niel, who previously invested €10 million in Brut in 2018, has make a joint offer with […]

Xavier Niel to compete with TF1 and M6 for DTT frequency

French regulator ARCOM has announced that it received three bids for its recently advertised national DTT frequencies by the January 23 deadline. As expected incumbent operators TF1 and RTL-owned M6 are both seeking renewal of their existing DTT services. But they will face competition from NJJ, the investment vehicle controlled by French telco billionaire Xavier […]

Xavier Niel outfit asks for ‘more time’ to prepare DTT proposal

French telecom and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel’s NJJ Médias unit has asked media regulator ARCOM to give it time to submit a bid to launch a digital-terrestrial TV channel ahead of the renewal of frequencies granted to TF1 and M6. Interviewed by ARCOM yesterday, Iliad Group VP Maxime Lombardini, accompanied by legal advisor François Sureau, […]

Xavier Niel circles France’s DTT platform ahead of frequency renewals

Speculation is bubbling up in France around the possibility that telecom tycoon Xavier Niel, owner of ISP Free, may mount a bid to take over some of the digital-terrestrial TV frequencies currently occupied by TF1 and M6. The licences covering the frequencies are due to expire next March and media regulator ARCOM is currently holding […]

Xavier Niel takes stake in Latin America’s Millicom

French telecoms and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel has taken a 7% stake in Latin America service provider Millicom. Niel, the owner of France’s Iliad Group, with operations in France, Poland and Italy, acquired the stake through Atlas Investissement, owned by his investment vehicle NJJ Holding. Atlas Investissment said that it saw Millicom as “an attractive […]

Iliad founder Niel purchases surprise Vodafone stake

Xavier Niel, the founder of Iliad, has acquired a 2.5% stake in Vodafone. The stake was purchased via Niel’s Atlas Investissement business, with the French billionaire saying that there are opportunities to improve profitability and accelerate “ the streamlining of Vodafone’s footprint and the separation of its infrastructure assets”. The announcement was described as ‘unexpected’ by […]

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