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Bouygues Raises Complaints About Iliad to Lawmakers, Figaro Says

July 10, 2012

Bouygues SA (EN) Chief Executive Officer Martin Bouygues asked French lawmakers to block Iliad SA (ILD) from renewing its mobile-phone roaming agreement with the former state monopoly France Telecom SA (FTE), Le Figaro reported.

Iliad also should be stopped from extending a six-year agreement signed last year and worth a billion euros in revenue for France Telecom over the first three years for new ultra-fast 4G wireless technology, Figaro said, citing a letter from Bouygues to lawmakers.

The French market had become unbalanced due to Iliad’s limited investments in its mobile network, since it became France’s fourth wireless service provider and started selling discounted phone packages in January, Bouygues also told the newspaper.

If nothing is done to restore balance, the French State, which owns 27 percent of France Telecom, should consider splitting the company’s retail business from its networks so that all carriers can share the infrastructure and limit their investments, Figaro cited Bouygues as saying.

Iliad spokeswoman Isabelle Audap didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marie Mawad in Paris at mmawad1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net


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