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  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. August 31, 2011

    Games sales offset music falls at Vivendi

    Increasing sales of digital games such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty helped Vivendi offset lower earnings at its...

  33. FT Tech Hub

    June 16, 2011

    Intel’s back-to-the-future breakthrough

    Intel announced a breakthrough for its Atom processors at The Cable Show in Chicago this week, with the operator Comcast...

  34. May 12, 2011

    Vivendi beats expectations in first quarter

    Profits at Vivendi were boosted by the integration of its telecoms business and dividends from the sale of its stake in NBC...

  35. April 5, 2011

    Vivendi / SFR: price is a wrong number

    Vivendi paid €8bn this week to increase its exposure to a struggling market. The media conglomerate, which bought out...

  36. March 17, 2011

    France’s Free is wired for telecoms success

    Faster and cheaper: Xavier Niel, founder of Free, presents the Freebox Revolution modem, which combines broadband, calls and...

  37. February 24, 2011

    France Telecom chief to take on chairman role

    Stéphane Richard is to become chairman of France Telecom in a move that sees the return to an individual holding the two top...

  38. February 4, 2011

    French mobile groups to take on PayPal

    France’s three big mobile phone operators are to create the first French online payments service and a competitor to Ebay’s...

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