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Oct 1, 2013

Analysis : Iliad plots new phase in French mobile assault

PARIS (Reuters) – French low-cost telecom operator Iliad will soon open a second front in a mobile price war when it starts helping customers buy expensive smartphones in the coming months, piling more pressure on its larger rivals.

The move is a major change from the current no-frills plans sold by Iliad’s Free Mobile service where consumers buy their own phones without long-term contracts. Such “SIM only” plans for 2 or 19.99 euros a month helped the upstart grab a 10 percent market share and sparked customer defections from rivals Orange, Vivendi’s SFR and Bouygues Telecom.

Oct 1, 2013

Iliad plots new phase in French mobile assault

PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – French low-cost telecom operator
Iliad (ILD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) will soon open a second front in a mobile price
war when it starts helping customers buy expensive smartphones
in the coming months, piling more pressure on its larger rivals.

The move is a major change from the current no-frills plans
sold by Iliad’s Free Mobile service where consumers buy their
own phones without long-term contracts. Such “SIM only” plans
for 2 or 19.99 euros a month helped the upstart grab a 10
percent market share and sparked customer defections from rivals
Orange (ORAN.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), Vivendi’s SFR (VIV.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Bouygues Telecom
(BOUY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research).

Sep 25, 2013

France’s Bouygues says 4G rollout ahead of schedule

PARIS (Reuters) – Bouygues Telecom said the roll-out of its new superfast mobile network was ahead of schedule and would cover 63 percent of the French population by the October 1 launch.

Like third-largest operator Bouygues, France’s leading telcos Orange and Vivendi’s SFR are racing to build fourth-generation mobile networks and sign up customers to new offers featuring five times faster mobile Internet speeds.

Sep 19, 2013

France’s Numericable to list 20-40 percent of group

PARIS (Reuters) – French cable operator Numericable plans to list 20 to 40 percent of the company’s capital in an initial public offering that sources have said could value the company around 5 billion euros.

The IPO will also be accompanied by a capital increase of 200-250 million euros ($267-$333.7 million) to help reduce net debt, Chief Executive Eric Denoyer said. Key shareholder Altice, owned by Numericable founder Patrick Drahi, plans to take up all or most of the capital hike, the company said.

Sep 16, 2013

France’s TDF wants final bids by November-sources

PARIS/LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The owners of
international broadcasting masts operator TDF Group
who are seeking to sell its French division for at least 4
billion euros ($5.3 billion) will hold a meeting later this
month to decide whether to invite new bids, several sources
close to the situation said.

Paris-based TDF, which provides radio transmission services
for broadcasting and telecoms companies, received expressions of
interest from multiple bidders in August that fell short of its
targeted price tag by several hundred million euros, sources
with knowledge of the process previously told Reuters.

Feb 14, 2012
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Hanging out with the top dog

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By Hyungwon Kang

Having been a dog-person all my life, I thought I knew a few things about dogs. That was until a tall and skinny breed called Scottish Deerhound, represented by a five-year old named Hickory, won the  “Best in Show,” the top award at the Westminster Dog Show in 2011.  I had not seen this breed in person and I couldn’t help googling, only to find the winning breeder lived near me.

After several weeks of phone tagging and many more email exchanges, I was finally invited to the home of the Westminster Dog Show champion, located about an hour and a half west of Washington, DC, at Hickory’s Virginia Deerhound breeder’s home in Flint Hill, Virginia.

Mar 17, 2011

Corrected: Scottish deerhound secret gem in dog world

(Corrects formal name of dog in paragraph 14)

By Hyungwon Kang

FLINT HILL, Virginia (Reuters Life!) – Until a lanky five-year-old Scottish deerhound won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York few people knew about the large, gentle breed.

But Hickory, the 85-pound (38-kg) grey and white female who nabbed the top prize from about 2,600 competitors in February, could change that.

Mar 17, 2011

Scottish deerhound secret gem in dog world

By Hyungwon Kang

FLINT HILL, Virginia (Reuters Life!) – Until a lanky five-year-old Scottish deerhound won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York few people knew about the large, gentle breed.

But Hickory, the 85-pound (38-kg) grey and white female who nabbed the top prize from about 2,600 competitors in February, could change that.

Nov 17, 2010

Korean Sapsaree dogs bounce back from the brink

By Hyungwon Kang

GYEONGSAN, South Korea (Reuters Life!) – Decades of colonial occupation, war and poverty took a deadly toll not just on millions of Koreans but also one of the country’s traditional and beloved breeds of dogs.

Sapsarees, shaggy-haired dogs long valued for their loyalty, were killed in large numbers by the Japanese military, which used their fur to make winter coats for its soldiers serving in the extreme cold of Manchuria, as documented in government records during the period of Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945).

    • About Hyungwon

      "As a photojournalist for more than a quarter of century, Hyungwon Kang has been a witness to history. Kang has worked for Reuters, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and TIME Magazine. During his tenure in journalism, Kang has served as a Photographer, Photo Editor, Front Page Photo Editor, Photo Assignment Editor, and as a Manager of Photo Department. Currently, Kang works as Senior Picture Editor at Reuters Pictures North America Desk. Duties include assigning and editing of news, sports and feature coverage of the U.S. and Canada as well as participating in news coverage as needed."
      Joined Reuters:
      2001
      Languages:
      English, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese
      Awards:
      Pulitzer, 1993
      Pulitzer, 1999
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