Virgin in talks over ADSL tie-up

9 Dec 2010

French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile France is reportedly holding talks with business services provider Completel, a sister company of major cableco Numericable, concerning the possible launch of fixed broadband ADSL services. Telecompaper cites local newspaper L’Express as saying that the talks are not exclusive and that Virgin France has also contacted other carriers vis a vis using their networks to carry fixed broadband services. It is understood the MVNO could be poised to launch an ADSL product using a fibre-optic backbone and 700 unbundled xDSL exchanges in around 50 cities across the country. Virgin Mobile is the country’s largest MVNO by subscribers with around 1.7 million signed up to its services. However, it could prove a tough sell to convince its users to switch from their current ISP to its quad-play offer.

France, Altice France (SFR), Omea Telecom (incl. Virgin Mobile)