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Bouygues rejects Altice acquisition offer

Following a meeting to discuss the acquisition bid for Bouygues Telecom by Altice, the Bouygues board decided unanimously to reject the offer, citing a number of reasons.

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Xiaomi expands to US and European markets

Disruptive Chinese mobile player Xiaomi is taking its first tentative steps into western markets this week, but initially only selling accessories, not handsets.

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Orange confirms Cloudwatt acquisition

Orange confirmed this week the company has finalised an agreement to acquire all remaining shares of Cloudwatt, the cloud services provider it set up with the French government.


Altice to acquire remaining 20% SFR shares, buys out Vivendi

French cable group Altice has announced it has made a formal bid to acquire the remaining 20% of its recently acquired subsidiary SFR’s shares from previous majority owner Vivendi. The billionaire Patrick Drahi-led company and the newly formed Numericable-SFR have made an offer to pay €40 per share.

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Orange slows full year revenue decline but price war continues to bite

Orange has posted its full year results for 2014 showing slowing of revenue decline. The telco, which has implemented some fairly hefty cost-cutting measures to better margins, said it has managed to achieve all of its targets for last year. However, it predicts decline will continue in 2015 as the price war in the French market continues to bite.

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Alcatel-Lucent reports successful turnaround in 2014

French Alcatel-Lucent has reported its 4th quarter and full year results showing improved profit margin for 2014 following the infrastructure vendor’s cost-saving plan dubbed the Shift Plan.

Orange Switzerland will soon be French-owned

Iliad’s Niel acquires Orange Switzerland

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.

Orange Switzerland will soon be French-owned

EC expands scrutiny of Orange’s Jazztel bid

The European Commission (EC) has decided to expand on its assessment of the proposed acquisition bid by Orange for Jazztel. The EC announced the in-depth investigation is to determine whether the proposed acquisition is in line with EU merger regulation.

Altice could soon be making an offer for Bouygues Telecom

Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom – report

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.

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Orange focuses on IoT in product showcase

Orange has announced a host of new products and services at its third annual hello show in Paris. The company seemed determined to address almost every aspect of modern life as it showcased some 20-odd products and product enhancements for “connected home, connected business and on-the-go.”

Netflix is moving into Europe

Netflix begins European push

As of Monday, video steaming service Netflix is available in France as the company seeks to expand its presence in Europe beyond the UK and Ireland. Later this month the service will also launch in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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French regulator consults on open spectrum for IoT

ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator, has launched a public consultation into the use of open, unlicensed spectrum for a variety of unspecified short-range wireless communications that it anticipates will contribute to the IoT (Internet of Things) phenomenon.

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