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    1. December 18, 2014

      Xavier Niel buys Orange Switzerland for €2.3bn

      Xavier Niel has acquired Orange Switzerland for SFr2.8bn ($2.9bn) in the latest sign of the French entrepreneur’s ambition...

    2. November 20, 2014

      Altice sets sights on Bouygues Telecom

      Altice, the European cable group controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, says it wants to acquire Bouygues Telecom,...

    1. November 18, 2014

      Lex in-depth: European telecoms

      Europe telecoms: Time to consolidate? The door is open. Europe’s telecoms need only step through it. Jean-Claude Juncker,...

    2. October 29, 2014

      European telecoms: hold the line please

      Four is an unlucky number in China; it sounds like death. Three though sounds like life. That superstition should also apply...

    3. September 16, 2014

      Orange / Jazztel: swing time

      The band’s tempo quickens as the night goes on. Feeling the anticipation, the dancers respond, all reticence lost. Orange,...

    4. September 15, 2014

      Bouygues Telecom to offer Netflix service on set-top boxes

      Bouygues Telecom said that it will carry Netflix on its set-top boxes from as early as November, becoming the first French...

    5. August 28, 2014

      Bouygues warns sales will fall due to public sector slowdown in France

      Bouygues said that sales would fall this year as the French construction, media and telecoms conglomerate reported a 61 per...

    6. July 2, 2014

      Bouygues Telecom: offline?

      Brussels has got the message. A balance has to be struck between market power and competition if the telecoms industry is to...

    7. July 2, 2014

      Orange rules out French telecoms consolidation deals

      Orange, France’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has ruled out for now any deals with its domestic competitors,...

    8. July 2, 2014

      Telecoms executives cheer Brussels’ antitrust decision on E-Plus

      Telecoms executives in Europe are cheering Brussels’ decision to remove a mobile network operator from as large a country as...

    9. June 11, 2014

      Bouygues Telecom to cut 1,500 jobs in fight for survival

      Bouygues Telecom, France’s third-largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to slash more than 15 per cent of its...

    10. May 16, 2014

      French telecoms: Iliad’s odyssey

      Communication is all about making the right call. So investors should be happy with news that French telecoms operator...

    11. May 16, 2014

      Bouygues and Orange consider partnership options

      Bouygues and Orange have held informal discussions about potential partnerships including a merger of their telecoms...

    12. May 4, 2014

      Bouygues weighs options amid signs price war is ending

      As one of the most familiar faces in French corporate business, Martin Bouygues has been around long enough to experience...

    13. April 7, 2014

      Altice claims victory in bid war for Vivendi unit SFR

      Patrick Drahi, the Moroccan-born founder of cable group Altice, said on Monday that his group had not only won the bidding...

    14. April 7, 2014

      French Telecoms: after the battle

      To the victor, the debt. Numericable has beaten rival Bouygues to the acquisition of SFR, France’s number two mobile...

    15. March 21, 2014

      French telecoms: Plus ca change...

      Auctions usually involve rising offers. Not for the first time, the French seem to be doing things differently. Three weeks...

    16. March 13, 2014

      Four billionaires battle for France’s telecoms market

      There is no love lost between French billionaires Martin Bouygues and Vincent Bolloré, but that might not stop the two...

    17. March 10, 2014

      French telecoms: game plans

      In chess, the “French defence” is a strategy used by the second mover to block an opponent’s initial advantage. Maybe Martin...

    18. March 9, 2014

      Bouygues agrees €1.8bn network sale to Iliad to win SFR

      A looming shake-up of France’s highly competitive mobile market has taken a new twist with a €1.8bn deal by Bouygues to sell...

    19. March 6, 2014

      Bouygues offer values Vivendi’s SFR at €14.5bn

      Bouygues, the French construction and telecoms conglomerate, confirmed that it had made an offer to buy SFR, Vivendi’s...

    20. March 5, 2014

      Vivendi confirms bids from Bouygues and Altice for SFR arm

      Paris-based Vivendi confirmed on Wednesday night that it had received two binding offers from Bouygues and Altice for its...

    21. December 3, 2013

      Iliad set to prolong brutal 4G two-year price war

      French telecoms provider Iliad has launched a 4G service with rock-bottom prices in a clear message to rivals that it...

    22. October 1, 2013

      Bouygues bets on 4G advantage

      Against bright lights and with plenty of fanfare, France’s Bouygues Telecom on Tuesday trumpeted the launch of...

    23. May 14, 2013

      Vivendi and Bouygues hit by mobile phone price war

      France’s two largest private sector telecom operators reported lower earnings in the first three months of the year as a...

    24. April 30, 2013

      Vivendi keeps SFR listing on table in strategic review

      Vivendi has opened the door to a future flotation of SFR, France’s second-largest mobile telecoms group by subscribers,...

    25. March 19, 2013

      Free Mobile founder defends group’s role

      Xavier Niel, the French telecoms billionaire, sought to counter criticism that his launch of an ultra-low cost mobile phone...

    26. March 12, 2013

      France pushes for controls on Skype calls

      French prosecutors have been asked to investigate Microsoft’s Skype because of its failure to register in the country as a...

    27. February 27, 2013

      Free Mobile takes toll on Bouygues

      Bouygues has become the latest French company to report a drop in profits because of a fierce mobile phone price war in the...

    28. December 13, 2012

      France Telecom and Vivendi’s SFR fined

      France Telecom and Vivendi’s SFR have been fined a combined €183m for distorting competition in the French mobile phone...

    29. October 25, 2012

      France Telecom slashes dividend by 40%

      France Telecom, owner of the Orange brand, has been forced to slash its dividend by 40 per cent largely because of a price...

    30. August 31, 2012

      Spain’s lenders boosted by bad bank plan

      Spanish banking stocks received a fillip after new details about the country’s “bad bank” were announced. Economy minister...

    31. August 28, 2012

      Bouygues earnings hit by phone price war

      Bouygues, the French construction, telecoms and media conglomerate, reported a 29 per cent decline in net profit for the...

    32. March 8, 2012

      Free Mobile to increase network spending

      Free Mobile has promised to spend €250m this year on improving its French mobile network in response to what it called a...

    33. February 20, 2012

      French telecoms battle heats up

      When Stephane Richard stands up to present France Telecom’s 2011 profits on Wednesday, this most laconic of chief executives...

    34. February 14, 2012

      France Telecom hits out at rival Free Mobile

      France Telecom’s chief executive has stoked fears about technical problems at Free Mobile, its upstart domestic rival, by...

    35. January 10, 2012

      Free Mobile sparks French telecoms war

      Xavier Niel, the French billionaire, has embarked on an aggressive price war against France Telecom, Vivendi’s SFR and...

    36. September 22, 2011

      France grants 4G licences

      France has granted 4G licences to all four large players in the French mobile market for €936m ($1.26bn) as it sells the...

    37. September 15, 2011

      Four bid for France’s 4G spectrum

      France’s mobile telephone operators have tendered bids for spectrum that can carry next generation mobile services in the...

    38. August 31, 2011

      Bouygues

      Bouygues thinks that it is worth €30 a share – almost a third more than the market valuation before the launch on Wednesday...

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