Bouygues to launch national ADSL service; launches wholesale tender

11 Jul 2007

French mobile operator Bouygues Télécom has announced plans to launch a nationwide ADSL service and to that end is inviting wholesale operators to tender for the contract to supply network access for the service. No further details were divulged. According to unconfirmed reports in Les Echos, Bouygues’ plans are at an advanced stage and several unnamed bulk operators have submitted bids. The primary providers of wholesale services in the country are France Télécom (FT), neuf Cegetel and Completel. Only yesterday the last named company revealed it had appointed Morgan Stanley to oversee its own possible sale. Completel, which claims to be the country’s second largest player in the French business services market behind FT, has already dismissed several offers from the company – including one from Bouygues last year. However, it has now hired Morgan Stanley after receiving another unsolicited takeover offer. Completel already has a standing agreement with Bouygues to provide a converged fixed-mobile solution for business users.

France, Bouygues Telecom