Bollore Telecom buys eight WiMAX licences from TDF

19 Jun 2008

Bollore Telecom has acquired eight of the eleven regional WiMAX licences held by HDRR, a subsidiary of the French broadcaster and network provider TDF, according to a press release on the TDF web site. No financial details were disclosed, but the deal is thought to be worth ‘several millions of euros’. Bollore Telecom is a subsidiary of Bollore group which, in association with HUB Telecom (Aeroports de Paris), won a dozen regional WiMAX concessions in July 2006. Bollore Telecom CEO Marc Taieb reportedly told Les Echos ‘We needed these eight licences – as well as the twelve we currently have – to roll out a national network and launch a wireless broadband internet offering across the country.’ The agreement is, however, subject to approval by the French regulator Arcep.

Yesterday, CommsUpdate reported that TDF had selected Motorola to supply it with 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France where HDRR holds WiMAX frequency licences.

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