PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Opponents of a new law in France
that expands government powers to monitor phone and Internet
connection data without judicial review scrambled for support on
Thursday to force a review by the Constitutional Council.
The measure, tucked in a military budget law passed on
Tuesday, grants monitoring powers to more agencies such as tax
and finance authorities, broadens the grounds for surveillance,
and strips judges of the power to review monitoring requests.
PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) – France’s Green Party said it would
back a campaign to force the constitutional court to review a
new law that expands the government’s powers to monitor phone
and Internet connection data without authorisation from a judge.
The new measure, which grants monitoring powers to
additional agencies such as tax and finance authorities and
broadens the reasons surveillance can be carried out, was
included in a military budget law passed on Tuesday. In the
Senate, 164 voted for the law and 146 against.
PARIS (Reuters) – Online video company Netflix met with the French president’s staff on Tuesday to discuss a possible launch of its streaming service in Europe’s third-largest market, in what would be a blow to traditional television companies.
Netflix, which was created in the United States and is now available in 41 countries, has to-date focused on English-speaking markets in Europe such as Britain, the Netherlands, and the Nordics, although rumors of their arrival in France have been recurrent for years.
PARIS (Reuters) – French low-cost telecoms operator Iliad (ILD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has added a 4G high-speed broadband service to its Free Mobile offers without raising the price, firing a fresh broadside at its bigger rivals.
The move increases the pressure on France’s leading telecoms operators, Orange (ORAN.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Vivendi’s SFR (VIV.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Bouygues Telecom (BOUY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), who had hoped their newly built 4G networks would command higher prices and help to restore profits hit by the emergence of Iliad.
PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris civil court has ordered search engines and Internet access providers to block sixteen websites that stream copyrighted content, handing a win to film and television producers’ unions after a two-year legal battle.
The unions petitioned the court in 2011 after their requests to block allostreaming.com, allomovies.com and others sites went unheeded by Internet providers, including Orange and Vivendi’s SFR and search engines Google and Yahoo, according to the court order issued on Thursday.
PARIS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – France’s upstart mobile player
Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendi’s SFR
and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duo’s
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
France’s second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut
costs in response to Iliad’s low-cost service, could reshape
competition in Europe’s fourth-biggest mobile market by clients.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – Vivendi will have “significant” means to reward shareholders with buy-backs or dividends after it receives the proceeds from selling its stakes in video games publisher Activision Blizzard and Maroc Telecom, its finance chief said on Thursday.
Speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference in Barcelona, Chief Financial Officer Philippe Capron said the board had not yet decided on the exact size or form of the return to shareholders, which will come amid a broader revamp at the group as it seeks to exit telecoms to focus more on media.
BARCELONA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Spanish telecom group
Telefonica on Thursday said it is open to mergers,
acquisitions and deals to share networks in Mexico, where it
lags far behind former monopoly and arch-rival America Movil
The company, one of Europe’s most heavily indebted telecoms
operators, this month said it had already met its target to cut
debt below 47 billion euros ($62.9 billion) by year-end and had
now regained financial firepower.
BARCELONA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Telecom Italia
expects to conclude the sale and lease back of its mobile towers
in Italy and Brazil next year, its chief executive said on
Along with a separate sale of some digital broadcasting
assets, the tower deals are part of a new strategy and debt
reduction plan announced by Telecom Italia’s new chief
executive, Marco Patuano, in early November.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – Brazil’s largest fixed telecom group Oi said it is confident it could raise cash if it decides to pursue acquisitions to bolster its share of the mobile market following its merger with Portugal Telecom.
Zeinal Bava, who became chief executive of the combined Oi and Portugal Telecom after their merger was announced in October, did not rule out a share sale to fund mobile deal-making or to reduce the new company’s debt.