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France’s Iliad asks to join rivals’ network sharing plan-Les Echos

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Nov
2013

By Leila Abboud and Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) – Frances upstart mobile player Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendis SFR and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duos network sharing plan, according to a letter published online by Les Echos newspaper. The letter attributed to Iliad Chief Executive Maxime Lombardini underscores how the planned network sharing between Frances second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut costs in response to Iliads low-cost service, could reshape competition in Europes fourth-biggest mobile market by clients. Iliad, which is owned by billionaire Xavier Niel, is concerned that it will be left without a partner and in a weaker negotiating position with market leader Orange, if it is left out of a network sharing deal with SFR and Bouygues, said a person familiar with the groups views.

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