Iliad’s Niel acquires Orange Switzerland

Orange Switzerland will soon be French-owned

Apax Partners has agreed to sell Orange Switzerland to French telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel-owned investment firm NJJ Capital for 2.3 billion. Apax bought the operator from France Telecom Orange in 2012 for €1.6 billion, but claims to have transformed the business since by upgrading its network to 4G and modernising its backend IT systems.

Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom – report

Altice could soon be making an offer for Bouygues Telecom

The CEO of Altice, Dexter Goei has indicated the French cable group could acquire Bouygues Telecom. According to a report, Goei said the firm, owned by billionare Patrick Darhi, would make a perfect candidate to buy the Telecom arm of Bouygues Group, a fellow French firm.

Iliad abandons T-Mobile US chase after second rejection

Deutsche Telekom has rejected another offer from Iliad for its US arm

Iliad has ceased its pursuit of T-Mobile US after its second bid to acquire the business was rejected by owner Deutsche Telekom and some TMUS board members. This marks the end of a four-month project for Iliad trying to enter the US market.

Iliad offer for T-Mobile US not enough, Dish still in the frame

The hunt for T-Mobile US continues

The quarterly earnings season has provided a timely boost to the T-Mobile US acquisition saga. Apparently scared off by US regulators, Sprint ended its long courtship of DT’s US operation earlier this week, just after France’s Iliad had put in a surprise bid of its own.

France’s Iliad looks to Free up US mobile market

Can Iliad replicate its success in France?

Not content with making life miserable for the three incumbent operators in France, French telco Iliad has put in a surprise bid for T-Mobile US. It had been assumed acquisition of T-Mobile US by rival operator Sprint was a foregone conclusion, so Iliad’s 11th hour intervention will potentially ruffle a lot of feathers.

Free Mobile founder acquires majority stake in Monaco Telecom

Cable & Wireless Communications will divest its majority stake in Monaco’s sole mobile operator for €321.79m to a holding firm controlled by Xavier Niel

International operator group Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has announced it will divest its 55 per cent stake in Monaco’s sole mobile operator for €321.79m to a private investment firm controlled by the founder and majority shareholder of France’s newest mobile operator Free Mobile, Xavier Niel.

Bouygues extends SFR purchase offer

Bouygues Telecom is persisting with its efforts to acquire rival operator SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.

Bouygues ups offer for SFR again

Bouygues Telecom has submitted another improved offer to French conglomerate Vivendi for rival SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom is not admitting defeat in its pursuit to acquire rival SFR, having again increased the cash part of its offer to parent group Vivendi. The offer now stands at €13.15bn.

Bouygues to sell network and spectrum to Free if SFR deal goes through

Bouygues Telecom has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.

Bouygues Telecom and SFR enter into network sharing agreement

Bouyges Telecom and SFR have agreed to roll out a shared network covering 57 per cent of the French population

French operators Bouyges Telecom and SFR have agreed to roll out a shared network covering 57 per cent of the French population. The operators will create a joint venture to manage the shared base station assets and a RAN share covering 2G, 3G and LTE services in the area covered by the network.

France’s Iliad sees 2012 profit decline due to network investment

Iliad has seen its full-year profit decline by more than a quarter in 2012

French operator Iliad has seen its full-year profit decline by more than a quarter in 2012. The firm posted profit of €186.5m, down from €251.8m in 2011, despite revenues increasing almost 50 per cent.

Free reveals extent of its disruption

Free Mobile reveals it has won 4 per cent of the French market in just 80 days

French low-cost 3G operator Free has managed to acquire nearly four per cent of the country’s market share in just 80 days.

Orange France loses patience with Free Mobile

France Telecom and Iliad are reportedly in talks to amend their network sharing agreement

Orange France’s VP of wholesale, Brigitte Bourgoin, has sent a letter to Iliad CEO Maxime Lombardini complaining of the strain that its subsidiary Free Mobile is putting on its network.

Arcep awards French 800MHz 4G spectrum

Bouygues, SFR and Orange all won spectrum in the 800MHz auction

French regulator Arcep has said that it has awarded 4G licences in the 800Mhz band to the incumbent operators Bouygues, Orange and SFR. Fourth applicant Free Mobile, owned by Iliad, was not successful. All four operators were previously awarded 4G licences at 2.6GHz.

France allocates LTE spectrum

France's LTE spectrum auction sees the four major operators win licences

French regulator Arcep has announced that all four of the country’s major operators have won licences to use its 2.6 GHz frequency band, which will be used in the deployment of LTE mobile networks. Orange/France Telecom will be allocated a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which it bid €287.12m, while Iliad’s Free Mobile will also be allocated the same, after bidding €271m.

France rejects call to stop wireless auction

France's LTE spectrum auction will go ahead

France’s Conseil d’Etat (Council of State)has rejected a bid by mobile operator Iliad to stop the government’s auction of 4G mobile licences. The company had petitioned the court for an emergency injunction to halt the auction, ahead of its September 15 launch date, saying it was not fair to all telecom operators.

French LTE spectrum auction to be launched by May

France's LTE spectrum auction is slated to begin in May

French telecoms regulator ARCEP has said that the country’s LTE spectrum auction will be launched before May this year. The terms of the sale, which is expected to raise €2bn, are expected to be finalised shortly and ARCEP has said that it wants to award the spectrum before the end of this year.