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Iliad kicks off 5G services in France with 5,255 active sites nationwide

Iliad subsidiary Free Mobile has become the fourth mobile network in France to announce the commercial launch of 5G. The telco said that its 5G network already has 5,255 active sites across France, which enables the carrier to cover almost 40% of the country’s overall...

Cellnex to purchase Polish towers from Iliad, previously owned by Play

The Cellnex deal hinges on the EC’s decision regarding the acquisition of Polish operator Play by Iliad Cellnex is further expanding its European footprint with an agreement with Iliad to acquire a 60% stake in a new company, which will operate 7,000 sites owned by...

France completes 5G spectrum auction

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep announced that the main auction for 3.4-3.8 GHz frequencies for the provision of 5G was completed today, after three days of bidding. In a release, the regulator said that local operators Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad committed to pay a...

Iliad bid for Polish telecom firm met with investor skepticism

Iliad's shares dipped 3% immediately following the news With plans to purchase Poland's telecom company Play for 3.5 billion euro ($4.2 billion) in the works, France's Iliad is making moves to become Europe's sixth-largest mobile phone operator. Specifically, Iliad had previously agreed to buy 40%...

Italian government raises $7.5 billion in 5G auction

  Local carriers TIM and Vodafone Italia secured spectrum in the 3.7 GHz, 26 GHz and 700 MHz bands Italy's Ministry of Economic Development announced the completion of the national 5G spectrum tender, in which the government raised a total of EUR 6.55 billion ($7.56 billion),...

Bouygues negotiates sales to rivals Iliad, Numericable-SFR

Bouygues is currently negotiating a possible takeover by Orange French operator Bouygues Telecom is negotiating the sale of certain assets to rival operators Iliad and Numericable-SFR, Fench newspaper Les Echos reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, Bouygues Telecom needs to...

Iliad ends 2015 with 3.7 million LTE customers

French telco targets 75% LTE coverage by the end of 2016 French telecom operator Iliad, which operates in the mobile market through its Free subsidiary, ended 2015 with 3.7 million LTE subscribers, posting 2 million net customer additions for the year. Revenue from mobile services...

Iliad puts T-Mobile interest in past, pressures rivals with new 50 GB LTE plan

Iliad’s Free brand boosts LTE data bucket from 20 GB to 50 GB Having backed away from an attempted entry into the U.S. market through an acquisition of T-Mobile US, France’s Iliad is looking to continue pressuring operators in its home country with a new...

Is Iliad looking at one final run at T-Mobile US?

France’s Iliad is reportedly set to make at least one more run at acquiring a stake in U.S. operator T-Mobile US, though published reports indicate that the offer could fall on deaf ears. Bloomberg is reporting that Iliad is set to throw out another offer...

Carrier Wrap: Iliad still interested in T-Mobile US?

T-Mobile US’ ownership future remains in limbo as published reports indicate French operator Iliad has set a mid-October deadline to decide whether to improve on a previously offered — and turned down — offer to acquire a stake in the U.S.-based operator. According to Reuters,...

Reality Check: Iliad’s bid for the U.S. market; lessons from France

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column where C-level executives and advisory firms from across the mobile industry share unique insights and experiences. Over the past 18 months, Iliad has grown from a small fixed-broadband provider to become one of the key players...

Report: T-Mobile US back up for bid, beginning at $35 per share

German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom is reportedly still looking to offload its U.S. operations, though reports indicate that the company is looking for a specific price. Bloomberg reports that DT’s management recently met to discuss the future of T-Mobile US, with discussions coming away with...

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