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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.

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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.

Orange CEO Stephane Richard

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.

You can never have too much spectrum

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.

Bouygues switches its focus to fixed

Bouygues Telecom launches low-cost FTTH

French service provider Bouygues Telecom, which lost out to cable operator Numericable in its attempt to secure the acquisition of Vivendi’s SFR and lead consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, has launched an assault on the high-speed fixed internet market in the country.

LTE-Advanced is a good potential differentiator for operators

Bouygues announces France’s first commercial LTE-A service

France’s third largest mobile operator – Bouygues Telecom – has brushed of its recent setbacks in the M&A market and the subsequent need to cut costs by announcing it is the first French operator to launch commercial LTE-Advanced service, which it has rebranded as 4G+.

Bouygues Telecom CEO Olivier Roussat said the firm was cutting jobs to remain competitive in a four-player market

Bouygues to cut 1,516 jobs as French M&A talks collapse

French multi-play operator Bouygues has announced plans to cut more than 1,500 jobs, after CEO Olivier Roussat told a press briefing that consolidation-focused discussions being held with incumbent Orange and fast-growing newcomer Iliad had stalled.

AT&T and Chernin Group agree to buy majority of Fullscreen

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

Bouygues jumps on VoLTE bandwagon

In the latest of a rash of VoLTE announcements, French carrier Bouygues Telecom said it would start carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year with a view to commercial launch of the service in 2015.

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Numericable in bid for Virgin Mobile as French consolidation gathers pace

Carphone Warehouse, which earlier this week announced plans to merge with UK high street consumer electronics retailer Dixons, has announced that it is in discussions to sell Omer Telecom, the holding company which owns Virgin Mobile France, to French cable player Numericable. In April this year Numericable’s parent Altice struck a deal to acquire French mobile operator SFR, which it intends to merge with Numericable.

Vodafone has extended its partnership with France’s SFR for a further four years

Vodafone extends brand partnership with SFR

UK operator group Vodafone has extended its partnership with France’s SFR for a further four years. Vodafone will continue to use the French operator’s network to provide multinational enterprises with fixed and mobile services in France.

Orange Switzerland will soon be French-owned

Orange launches Alliance partnership programme

French incumbent Orange has launched a partnership programme through which it intends to offer scale benefits and wholesale services to smaller operators. The first operators to sign up to the Orange Alliance programme are French-Polynesian firm Vini and third-placed Portuguese player Zon Optimus.

Vodafone has extended its partnership with France’s SFR for a further four years

Vivendi accepts Altice’s offer for SFR

French conglomerate Vivendi has accepted investment vehicle Altice’s offer for its mobile operator subsidiary SFR. Under the terms of the offer SFR will merge with Altice subsidiary and cable operator Numericable and Vivendi will receive €13.5bn for SFR as well as a 20 per cent stake in the new merged entity. The firm estimates the total value of the offer at around €17bn.

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