Missed takeover of Bouygues Telecom by Orange: key dates in telecoms consolidation
1987: Compagnie Générale des Eaux creates SFR and becomes “the initial player in the liberalization of the mobile market”.
1994: The Bouygues group creates its telecom subsidiary
August 2000: France Telecom buys Orange from Vodafone and takes control in 2003.
2005: the SFR-Cegetel group disappears on the occasion of the merger between its subsidiary Cegetel and Neuf Telecom, now Neuf Cegetel.
May 2008: SFR launches a takeover bid for Neuf Cegetel in order to create a new group.
2008: In addition to its cable operator activity, Numéricable Group is pooling the Numéricable and Completel networks with a view to positioning itself in telephony and the mobile offer in 2011.
January 2012: Free enters the telephony market
2013: Vivendi operates a split separating its media and telecoms activities in order to give SFR “greater strategic freedom and partnership”.
March 2014 : Vivendi receives two offers concerning the takeover of SFR, one from Altice and the other from the Bouygues group.
May 2014: Numericable enters into exclusive negotiations with OMEA Telecom for the purchase of MVNO Virgin Mobile.
October 2014: The Competition Authority authorizes, subject to conditions, the buyout of SFR by Numericable, finalized in November for 13 billion euros.
June 2015: Numericable-SFR announces that Altice has made an offer to buy back Bouygues Telecom.
December 2015: Bouygues denies any exit from its telecoms activities, but at the end of the month, a confidentiality agreement was signed with Orange, with a view to a sale scheduled for spring 2016.
February 2016: Information is published in the press on the sharing of Bouygues Telecom assets by other operators.
April 2016: Bouygues ends discussions with Orange with a view to a possible acquisition.
Article originally published in January 2016