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Analysts: The benefits of an Iliad/T-Mobile deal are hard to see

It's unclear what T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom think of Iliad's $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, though early indications are that DT likely thinks the price is too low. However, analysts said the benefits from an Iliad deal are difficult to discern at this point.

Analysis: Iliad's $15B bid for control of T-Mobile puts pressure on SoftBank, Sprint to make a deal

Iliad's surprise $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US could put more pressure on Sprint and its parent SoftBank to strike a deal sooner than they had expected. Although SoftBank has more financial firepower than Iliad and its rumored bid is seen as stronger than Iliad's, SoftBank could face more regulatory challenges in merging Sprint with T-Mobile, according to financial and industry analysts.

Xavier who? Iliad owner makes his mark in the U.S.

"Who the heck is Iliad?" asked the U.S. version of PC Magazine, and indeed that question is probably still reverberating around a market that is wondering why the maverick billionaire owner of a French operator would want to spend billions of dollars on buying T-Mobile US.

Updated: France's Iliad makes $15B bid to purchase majority of T-Mobile US

Iliad, the French mobile and Internet company, confirmed it has made a $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US.

Orange confirms 2014 earnings target after 'encouraging' first 6 months

Orange may not yet be fully out of the woods, but the company remains confident that the race to the bottom in terms of pricing is coming to an end and is maintaining its EBITDA target for 2014.

Orange CEO calls on rivals to drive consolidation in France

Orange CEO Stephane Richard said the operator is still prepared to take part in consolidating the French mobile market in order to reduce pricing competition, but called on the operator's rivals to take the lead because Orange does not want to take a driving role.

Numericable agrees to buy Virgin Mobile France for €325M

Numericable has agreed to buy Omer Telecom, which operates under the Virgin Mobile brand in France, for €325 million ($443.8 million) after the successful conclusion of exclusive talks with existing shareholders Carphone Warehouse and the Virgin Group.

Orange comes on top while Free lags behind in French regulator's network review

Orange has topped the French telecoms regulator's review of network quality in an annual evaluation of mobile operator services, while enfant terrible Free Mobile lagged behind in fourth place.

Altice, Vivendi sign final agreement on SFR-Numericable merger

Altice and Vivendi said they have signed the definitive agreement on the merger of their respective French units Numericable and SFR, dashing any last lingering hopes that opponents to the deal might have had that the planned union would fail at the final hurdle.  

France's operators gear up for LTE Advanced

Bouygues Telecom this week announced the launch of commercial LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services in a number of towns and cities across France, and SFR and Orange also took the opportunity to provide an update on their LTE-A rollout strategies.