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first_imgBouygues TelecomFrench construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has categorically denied that it is in talks with other French operators after news service La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Martin Bouygues had talks about possible consolidation at the beginning of March.“Following the article published in La Lettre de l’Expansion on 13 March 2017 entitled ‘Orange-Bouygues, un accord en vue’, Bouygues wishes to categorically deny the existence of any discussions with other operators with a view to consolidating the French telecoms market,” said the company.La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Bouygues’ bankers were looking for a deal that would see Bouygues Telecom valued at about the same level as when negotiations were taking place last year – about €10 billion.Any deal would be expected to involve the other main French telecom players – Free and SFR – to allay competition concerns. The most widely discussed scenario involves the Free Mobile taking over Bouygues wireless spectrum while Orange and SFR share the fourth operator’s subscribers and retail outlets.Bouygues broke off talks with Orange early last year after failing to find agreement with the larger player on key elements including the level of participation of Bouygues in Orange post the acquisition, the risks of execution and the value placed on Bouygues Telecom, as well as the fate of its employees.Bouygues said at the time that it would pursue a standalone strategy in a market that still had growth potential.last_img read more

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first_imgFrance’s TF1 Group has put the final piece in place to secure universal fixed-line IPTV distribution after striking a deal with Iliad Telecom/Free.As with previous deals, TF1 said the agreement with Free covered both its linear channels and associated non-linear services, with Free subscribers set to benefit from “innovative functionality” from new services.The agreement covers catch-up services on the MYTF1 service, with extended windows for content, the availability of some programmes in an avant-première window ahead of their airing on terrestrial TV and unspecified advanced functionality that will “allow free to launch new services”.In addition, the deal will bring two time-shifted channels to Free customers – TF1+1 and TMC+1 – later this year, as well as event-based programming in 4K UHD.The carriage deal also covers digital channels TV Breizh, Ushaïa TV, Histoire and TFOU Max.TF1 did not reveal terms of the agreement, which appears to bring Free into line with other fixed-line service providers that have made concessions to secure an agreement.The broadcaster had been in dispute with IPTV providers Orange and Free along with pay TV operator Canal+ over its demand for retransmission fees for the carriage of its channels, having earlier struck carriage agreements with Bouygues Telecom – with which it has a shared owner in the form of Bouygues Group – and Altice France/SFR, which has itself called for retransmission fees for its own channels.TF1 struck an agreement with Orange in March after a long dispute with the operator, leaving Free as the only hold-out among fixed-line telecom players.The broadcaster has yet to strike a deal with Canal+, which briefly suspended broadcasting TF1’s channels in March.TF1’s agreement with Free also follows a deal between the IPTV provider and the country’s other main commercial broadcaster M6 Group, which had also demanded retransmission fees. That deal meant that M6 has struck agreements with all the main distributors in France, including Canal+.last_img read more