Altice founder and owner Patrick Drahi plans to turn France-based operator SFR into a fully converged telecoms and media group after being inspired by the approach taken by BT in the UK, according to reports in the French press.
Arcep figures showed that the decline in mobile services revenue that started on the French market in mid-2011 continued throughout 2015, but that the rate of decrease remained on a downward trend.
Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile are the first of France's four mobile operators to gain authorisation for 4G sites in the 700 MHz spectrum band.
Apple faced a legal challenge to its mobile operator contracts in France that could cost the company nearly €50 million ($56.7 million) in repayments if the claims are accepted by a domestic court.
Bouygues Group said its telecoms unit would resume its previous strategy as a standalone operator after talks on a potential merger with Orange finally collapsed before the extended deadline of Apr. 3.
France-based Sigfox is expanding its presence in its domestic market and the UK as the Internet of Things (IoT) specialist further ramps up its global presence.
Vodafone and SFR extended a partner market agreement covering France for a further four years to 2020, while Vodafone also signed a separate agreement with SFR parent company Altice for the Dominican Republic.
Altice, a France-based telecom and media group with a substantial global footprint, will integrate Sigfox's proprietary IoT network within its operations across its global network, including in the U.S. and Western Europe. The companies, along with Altice's subsidiary SFR, aim "to offer complementary connectivity solutions starting today that democratize the IoT in all sectors of the economy" including businesses and consumers.
Talks on a potential takeover of Bouygues Telecom by Orange are entering the home straight, although it still appears possible that a merger may not happen at all.
Iliad reported strong revenue and subscriber growth in 2015, as the enfant terrible of France's mobile market continued to be a thorn in the side of rivals with apparently unstoppable growth.