Telecoms news from France
French conglomerate, Vivendi is considering a partial stock market listing for its French mobile network subsidiary, SFR as the company seeks to pay down its debt pile. ...more.
Ericsson says that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of Devoteam Telecom & Media in France. ...more.
UK based Carphone Warehouse (CPW) is to close down its French mobile phone retail chain over the forthcoming year, but is in talks with possible buyers for the company to prevent its closure. ...more.
French conglomerate, Vivendi may get a new Chairman next year as the company continues to divest itself of assets to pay down debts. ...more.
France Telecom has announced that its first-quarter revenues fell by 5.9 percent to EUR10.3 billion, while its EBITDA also fell by 9 percent to EUR3.1 billion as the company was hurt by intensive competition in its home market. ...more.
S&P said that the downgrade reflects its belief that FT's overall EBITDA will decline more in 2013 than previously expected, due to mounting competitive and price pressures since late last year in the French mobile market and slowdowns in the group's key European market ...more.
Ericsson has issued an update on network upgrade work that it has been carrying out for France Telecom-Orange since last June. ...more.
Fitch said that Vivendi's headroom in its credit profile remains tight, driven by the acquisition of EMI and the erosion of SFR's cash flow generation ability. ...more.
France Telecom-Orange has announced that it is expanding its LTE coverage to a further 10 cities in France from today. ...more.
Ringtones turned patent litigators, Vringo says that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ZTE in France. ...more.
ZTE says that it has won a patent lawsuit that was filed against it by Huawei in France, and that that Paris court ordered Huawei to pay damages to it. ...more.
France's Vivendi is reportedly considering splitting off its French mobile network subsidiary, SFR into a separate company to help deal with its debt problem. ...more.
French conglomerate, Vivendi does not expect to close on the sale of a majority stake in its North African subsidiary before the end of this financial year. ...more.
French conglomerate, Vivendi has cancelled the sale of its Brazilian subsidiary, GVT after the highest bidder pulled out from the talks. ...more.
The French mobile network, Bouygues Telecom has been granted conditional approval to refarm some of its existing 1800Mhz spectrum for use by its LTE network. ...more.
VoIP based telephone service provider, Skype has been reported to the French prosecutors after it allegedly ignored several requests to register formally as a telecoms operator with the French regulators. ...more.
France's Competition Authority has ruled that the French mobile networks, Iliad and Orange cannot extend their national roaming agreement. ...more.
The French cable TV operator, Numericable is reportedly preparing an offer to buy the French mobile network, SFR from its indebted parent company, Vivendi. ...more.
France Telecom-Orange has announced a 79% fall in profits for last year and warned of a difficult year ahead. ...more.
PC shipments in Western Europe totaled 15.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a decline of 11.7 percent compared with the same period in 2011, according to Gartner. In 2012, PC shipments reached 58 million units, a decrease of 8.4 percent from 2011. ...more.