Bouygues Telecom to launch first quadruple play in France

Next week, users in France will have a chance to sign up for a “quadruple play” package: high-speed Internet access, TV with up to 90 channels, unlimited fixed telephony and a mobile phone service for a stunningly low price of €45 ($60) from Bouygues Telecom. This is the first quadruple play offer in France. Many […]

Iliad-Free expects FTTH service to 70% of Paris by end of 2009

Iliad-Free, a large broadband provider in France, showed a 42 percent increase in Q1 2009 revenues compared to Q1 2008 (from €340 million to €482 million) and a net increase of 142,000 subscribers for its ADSL service (compare this number to Q1 2008 when it added 137,000 subscribers). Iliad-Free claims to have 4.34 million subscribers […]

Altitude Telecom claims WiMax is doing well in France

At a recent conference on the 2008 financial results of Altitude Telecom, CEO Jean Paul Rivière expressed confidence about Altitude’s WiMAX business im France. Most of Altitude’s revenues come from large enterprises. The company sells VPN IP MPSL, which means migration to an all-IP network for voice and high speed data access using end-to-end high […]

France launches mobile portal for senior citizens

While attending a Senior Expo and Conference in Paris in April 2009, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, French Minister for New Technologies announced the imminent launch of Proxima Mobile, a portal for accessing a large set of geo-localized information and public services through a mobile phone. The first set of services will be available in the summer of […]

French National Assembly rejects bill on illegal downloads

The French National Assembly has defeated a bill aimed at stopping piracy of copyrighted content on the Internet, a measure that has created much controversy among French Internet users. The bill was proposed by the government of Nicholas Sarkozy and supported by large companies that dominate the content business. The law was supposed to have […]

Stimulating FTTH investments in France

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the recently appointed French Minister for new technologies in France, held a press conference this week on the progress of fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments in France. The presentation came after a closed door meeting with Jean Claude Mallet, president of ARCEP (the French regulator), members of the telecommunications and fiber industry, […]

Verizon and Alcatel: new contract or just a trick?

Last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Dick Lynch, Verizon executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, announced that Verizon Wireless (a joint venture between Verizon and  Vodafone) had chosen Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to build their fourth-generation network. Lynch says that the network will be ready by mid-2010. Neither Lynch nor the equipment […]

France offers fourth 3G license for €206 million

Last week as the French National Assembly debated the allocation of wireless spectrum to expand the mobile telephony market, Luc Chatel, Secretary of State for industry and consumers told legislators that the entry of a fourth cellular operator will boost the mobile market in France. The debate has been roiling the French telecom industry ever […]

Alcatel-Lucent refocuses WiMAX business to support LTE

Several days ago Ben Verwaayen who has been Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO for 6 months now since Pat Russo’s resignation, presented its fourth quarter and year-end results (for 2008) in a press conference in Paris. Still losing money for the eighth consecutive quarter, the losses for the year ending 2008 was boosted by a huge write-off of […]

SFR launches prepaid mobile Internet access

If, like me, you hate long-term mobile phone subscriptions, you will be pleased to hear that a French mobile operator, SFR (a subsidiary of Vivendi), is allowing customers to purchase data plans on a prepaid basis. If you live in France, you do not have to sign up for one- or two-year contracts. SFR has […]