BitTorrent evolved its service "Bundle" to "Now", a music streaming service and video funded by advertising. But the supply of content is low and the interface of the app Android questionable.
BitTorrent is not just for pirating movies: if we essentially know the file sharing protocol BitTorrent is a company that relies on the protocol of the same name to provide services. Today the brand is launching BitTorrent Now : illegal downloading of BitTorrent Point again ... Now is a service all there are more legal since it is partially funded by advertising.
For the time only accessible from any computer or Android devices - iOS and Apple TV version under development - BT Now succeeds BitTorrent Bundle service that allowed artists to sell their content. Of course, all the content you've already purchased through the Bundle service are available without advertising.
In the manner of a Youtube BT Now offers a search engine, content suggestions and, since it's in the DNA of Bundle, the ability to track an artist and to be notified of news concerning. In short, everything we find in others ... apart from the content.
It is an understatement to say that the content is indeed not the strong point of the service: apart from some rather esoteric titles of some stars like Madonna or Thom Yorke (Radiohead frontman), BT Now only offers that of artist pieces little or not known. So difficult to make switcher crowds that can see and hear their favorite artists for free on YouTube or Spotify.
If sharp music lovers and / or looking for different content can look forward to the emergence of a parallel offer that departs content "mainstream" it is possible that this population is not sufficient to properly live such service.
In the job description, it is explained that the company seeks to establish a team of journalists who will be based in San Francisco. But BitTorrent aspirations are even greater because it wants to expand a network of international thereafter.
In following the announcement, the US company however expressed that BitTorrent News does not aspire to compete with channels like CNN or MSNBC because it wants to build "a small team to start, where everyone will have many hats ". The channel will not broadcast continuously 7/7 but will indeed select the topics to be covered as' political campaigns, sports events, technology and cultural events, "says the job.
A news channel available on BitTorrent Live
Launched last May, BitTorrent Live platform should in terms allow for streaming of television channels of news, sports, music, etc ... but for now none of the provided channels (Clubbing TV, FightBox Heroes or TV) is still running. It is exploiting the system of peer-to-peer, the same one used to disseminate torrents of movies, series or albums BitTorrent News will air.Inactive for now, BitTorrent Live will be available on iOS, Android and Apple TV.
According to Variety , BitTorrent declined to give more details on future news channel, but a US company spokesperson has nevertheless assured that the company has "a lot of interesting initiatives on media ".
BitTorrent News could then be as much a technical demonstration to attract other actors on the platform P2P stream, a new effort by the company to prove its technology was not only adopted by hackers through the globe. In one case as in the other, the task is clearly not easy.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
The operator is working on a new generation of antennas capable of focusing only on the objects to connect, including when they are moving. This would significantly reduce the energy consumption and cost of terminals.
If the commercialization of 5G is not expected before 2020, operators working there for several years. Among them, that Orange is currently conducting channel measurements between transmitters and receivers on experimental frequency bands to Belfort. But the operator also working on a new hardware and software radio. Its research teams have developed a particular type of antenna 5G, called "focusing", which could be a promising future.
We watched closely a prototype and a demonstration of the device at the heart of the new innovation Ecocampus Orange Gardens in Châtillon. This is where we found Nicolas Demassieux, the Research Director of Orange and Thuy Phan Dinh Huy, the engineer in charge of the project.
The traffic and flow rates will explode with the 5G
"The 5G is the promise of a flow 1 Gbt / s but also an increase in traffic by 1000 in response to the spread of high-definition video and the arrival of billions of objects connected " , Nicolas Demassieux attack immediately. " Now if we multiply by 1000 the energy used in our networks, we arrive at almost fifty nuclear power plants " , he warns. That's where our famous scene 5G antenna. "In theory, with 100 small radiators of this type at the network elements, one could divide 100 by the power emitted for the same rate offered" , is Dinh enthusiasm -Thuy Phan Huy leading the project co-funded by Orange and ANFR (National Research Agency).
In appearance, the material has yet exceptional. "We used an antenna trade.This is our electronic card and the software running on it that make the difference " , warns the young researcher, pointing his prototype table that was created with the support of INSA Rennes, Thales, Atos, of Telecom Bretagne and the Langevin Institute.
Smart antennas to focus on the connected object
To make us understand the interest of his soft, young researcher refers us a slab of 20 boxes of 20. Behind every box, a sensor that translates the color wave power level through it.
First experiment: visually show how the network today. Currently, an antenna emits radio waves in all directions, which allows everyone, regardless of his position, to stay connected. The problem is that it also causes great energy loss resulting on the slab in a variety of colors ranging from blue, closer to the object to be connected, to red, very far from the target .
For comparison, Thuy Dinh Huy Plan then goes to its prototype antenna 5G.A receiving antenna is the smartphone, while a PC software turns the smart antennas. "We will use an antenna array and make him learn to focus on a connected object and remember its position" , describes the 'engineer. There are then only blue boxes that appear. "All unnecessary programs have been removed. It establishes a radio link that where it is needed " , notes with satisfaction our researcher. A performance that would have many positive consequences.
To cheaper smartphones?
"You have to understand that when there is less energy, it is also less interference to others who will not receive your signal, but theirs" , says Nicolas Demassieux. And as this technology requires less energy expenditure, the terminals will be cheaper to manufacture than those of 3G and 4G who need to be very powerful. "We will return to simpler receivers, as simple as those of 2G. They will lower the price of smartphones and can be embedded on more objects connected " , still observes the research director of Orange.
The operator is not the only one battling this niche. But he still has to win a head start in the field of mobility. It is very difficult, indeed, to operate a focusing antenna with a moving object. Take a connected vehicle moving.Between the time it sends a ping to the network when the network focuses, it has already changed place so the target is missed.
To resolve this issue, Thuy Dinh Huy Map and partner institutions have used the physical process of time reversal established in the 90s by Mathias Fink.It is to force the radio wave to replay the scenario of its spread but backwards and to refocus on the emission point. For this, a prediction antenna must be inserted in the front of the vehicle in order to ping, and another on the back to receive the signal. "We are the only ones able to make these innovations 300 km / h, " says Thuy Dinh Huy Plan.
It remains to pass the simulation to the real test. But Orange hopes to impose its "green technology" as the first standard 5G standards.
Saturday, 11 June 2016
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is now available commercially for 15 hours Friday. As for the GTX 1080 there NVIDIA Founders Edition versions of a side and models customs of the other. Starting price: 500 euros.
After the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 on 27 May in the trade, it is the turn of his sidekick pointing the tip of his fans on 10 June. The GeForce GTX 1070 therefore replaces the GTX 970 on the top card segment range NVIDIA and aims to allow all players to turn their favorite games in full HD or even 1440p (2560 by 1440 pixels and similar) without any compromise on the details and graphics.
Pascal, faithful to the post!
As a reminder, the 1070 embeds a 3D chip based on the same architecture (Pascal) than the 1080. Engraved in 14 nm FinFET, the chip only has three large sets of computer units (against 4 in 1080), containing -in 1920 all-recent (2560 against 1080). All work to 1506 MHz core clock, 1683 MHz with dynamic overclocking enabled by the GPU Boost technology 3.0, NVIDIA. On the side of the RAM, the 1070 GTX can count on 8GB ... but no GDDR5X!Here is GDDR5 "vector" clocked at 4000 MHz from the circuit (always interfaced in 256 bits). In terms of consumption, NVIDIA announced 150 watts maximum use game knowing that technically the card can swallow up to 225 watts maximum as follows: 150 watts made by taking 8 power pins and 75 watts, supplied by the PCI-Express slot (3.0) on the motherboard.
GTX 1070: same economic model than the 1080 GTX
As for the GTX 1080 NVIDIA offers its own version of the 1070. It is the green brand called Founders Edition and uses exactly the same design as its big sister. It must remain available on the website of online sale of NVIDIA throughout its "life" of graphics.
The partners (Asus, MSI, Zotac, PNY, etc.) may also offer this version for sale but can not customize. The sale price announced by NVIDIA at the presentation in Austin was $ 380 excluding taxes, or 430 euros after conversion.
In the end, its creator has announced a last price of 500 euros. A price respected if we judge by the price previously charged by online stores on preorders. Indeed, stocks are very limited for the moment.
Conversely, custom maps by partners should -in the logical NVIDIA- cost less as announced from 424 euros for our country. Unfortunately, it's impossible for the moment to find such an amount. And because we have already had the models of Asus ROG rates Strix GTX GeForce 1070 GTX Zotac GeForce 1070 AGP! Extreme and MSI GeForce GTX Gaming 1070 X 8G: they are the respective recommended retail price of 550 euros for Asus and Zotac model and 540 euros for the MSI. Précommandables also models some online shopping sites specializing in the time of writing these words.
To fight against Jihadist indoctrination, the government wants to rely on the skills of the giants of the net. They have met Manuel Valls on Thursday. Three projects are launched.
No concrete measures for now, but a number of avenues. This is the result of the meeting held today between the government and five giants Net (Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google and Microsoft). Three projects have been launched to further the fight against terrorism and radicalization, a "battle that requires constantly adapt." The first is to "sustain and complement the emergency measures implemented on 13 November" by these companies, such as the "Safety Check" Facebook or automatic alert messages on Twitter.The aim is to be able to touch more people in case of another attack.
The second project is more offensive and aims to "define and implement" a strategy against speech vis-à-vis online activities Daesh. Since the attacks of January, several content items have already been created, as stop-jihadisme.gouv.fr site or the series of anti-jihad video clips broadcast online and on television channels. But this is probably not enough to deal with technical ideological indoctrination Islamist preachers. The skills of digital business may be possible to develop a more effective campaign.
Involving civil society
Finally, the government wants to use Facebook and others to create "tools to facilitate the involvement of civil society in the fight against terrorist propaganda". No details are given about it. To learn more, it will have to wait the end of January, when the government and these five power companies will meet again to review progress on these projects. All participants in today's meeting have also welcomed the "significant improvement" reporting procedures and delete contents of a terrorist nature. Thus, since November 13, all requests submitted by the French authorities have been processed "within 90 minutes".
The spread of some matches of Euro 4K provides an opportunity for football fans to watch various sporting events as if they were at the stadium. But this will be possible only if it is equipped with the latest 4K Orange Livebox.
The prospect of a hectic summer on the sports scene with the Euro followed the Olympics is a clincher for TV vendors. Besides, as all major sporting events, Euro 2016 will be a golden opportunity for broadcasters wishing to test new technologies. From the 2014 World Cup, the public broadcaster NHK has tried such retransmission games 4K Japan. Well aware that in France too, the matches of the Euro will actually be broadcast in 4K this year. But be careful, everyone can not enjoy ...
4K TVs will not be enough without Orange
Already, one must remember that to get a real-time video broadcast Ultra HD, it is necessary to use full compatibility chain and a properly sized channel.This puts such offside immediately broadcast over the air via DTT, the latest update comes only to generalize high definition. Similarly, while most ISPs offer for some time now compatible 4K box, the bulk of their respective clients parks are still equipped with incompatible materials with the Ultra HD. So that in regard to the Euro 2016, holders of a 4K TV will have only a single solution to see matches in this resolution: Orange!
The only matches of Euro diffuser 4K
Indeed, Orange has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with TF1 and M6 channels that provides the broadcast in 4K eight posters for Euro 2016 only to customers equipped with the Livebox recent 4K. Customers who take advantage of these broadcasts 4K, will of course also be able to receive the Ultra HD video streams, and thus have the necessary bandwidth.
In this regard, Orange has not indicated precisely what speed down it will have to enjoy these games in 4K. Some point to a bandwidth of about 18 Mbps, 25 Mbps others. Everything really depends on the codec used and the selected compression ratio. The real test will be, anyway, a good opportunity for Orange to verify the relevance of his choice in the matter. Basic, but we can already say that the holders of an ADSL line 8 Mbps unfortunately not be able to watch the game in 4K during Euro, even if equipped with the right version of the Livebox and adequate TV.
In short, enjoy one of the eight matches of Euro 2016 will be broadcast in 4K require: a 4K TV, Internet subscription with Orange, a Livebox 4K and an Internet line with insufficient flow. That is quite restrictive.
Conclude finally signaling that the distribution of 4K content should still go crescendo in the coming months, with the Olympic Games first, but with games in Ligue 1 and Top 14 that will be broadcast in 4K on Canal + for Orange subscribers. Hoping that such agreements flourish in the future for content owners of 4K TVs, which one imagines looking forward to the idea of enjoying the full potential of their screen to watch live programs.
In recent months, the main technical players in the Euro invested to adapt their infrastructure to the new challenges of the event.
The Euro 2016 begins this Friday, June 10, but those responsible for the dissemination of the competition work there for several years. More than ever, ways to experience the event is growing. In addition to traditional channels such as TV, radio where social networking, live video - emerged in recent months with Periscope and Facebook Live - will enrich our experience. So many new competitors for broadcasters, and technical challenges for operators, responsible for channeling all this data. Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, but beIN or TF1 set up extensive facilities for the occasion.
4G in all stages
All operators have been mobilized to provide the best possible connection to the audience. They have pooled their resources to equip masts ten stages of the competition. In total, this represents tens of millions of euros. In each chamber, an operator has taken the lead. Bouygues Telecom has inherited the Parc des Princes and the Velodrome - since dubbed Orange Velodrome, when SFR is involved in Lille and Nice. For its part, Orange took care of the remaining six stages, including the Stade de France.
The first step - and one of the most costly - was the installation of antennas covering the stands, lawn or private rooms. Depending on requirements, each of which covers between 3,000 and 6,000 spectators. Pierre-Louis Guillebon, project manager Orange technical partnership with Euro 2016, the operation was essential. "With new applications such as live video, we expected an increase in needs. At the Stade de France, we went from two to thirty latest generation of antennas, "he explains.
462 GB of data in a match
To deliver the best quality network, the four operators are investing a closet located in each stage. Their equipment receive the fiber signal before sending it to the antennas and then to customers attending the meeting. Everyone then goes to his arguments convincing. SFR (NextRadioTV shareholder group, owner of 01net.com), the focus is on the Ultra High Speed, which aggregates three frequency bands to provide faster connection speed.
Alexander Wauquiez, Marketing Manager Networks SFR, is confident about the data transfer capabilities. "We have been testing at the Stade de France, especially in the last Cup final that pitted France PSG OM. A total of 462 GB of data transited during the meeting. This is already a record, but we further strengthened our means since thanks to the lighting of the new 4G on 1800 MHz frequency band, "he says. In addition, mobile trucks will be deployed at the edge of the fan zones. Again, this is to add additional antennas to increase data rates.
The massive deployment of these new frequencies will be controlled by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), which in no fewer than 5000. According to the government agency, forty agents will be spread over 10 sports venues.They will be responsible for monitoring their proper use by trucks equipped laboratory measurement.
TF1 and beIN adapt their offers
Despite the common movement of all stakeholders, Orange maintains a special role. As the incumbent operator, it is directly involved in the broadcasting of games. It is thanks to its networks that the TV signals captured by the cameras of UEFA on the lawn converge on Paris to arrive at the International Broadcast Center (IBC), located Porte de Versailles. In the huge building, broadcasters around the world recover the images, according to the rights they paid.
Among them, beIN Sports, which broadcasts the entire competition. As TF1 and M6 - which also have the broadcast rights, the chain then routes the signals to its premises in Boulogne-Billancourt. Like its competitors, beIN does not just images provided by UEFA. "In 18 games, because we bring a production on site. It manages our own cameras, added to common device.They will have exclusive footage, "says Sylvain Merle, Technical Director of the chain. To prevent the black screen, each of the 20 transit signals from the IBC to local beIN are duplicated and take two different courses.
But the idea is also to benefit the subscribers of this influx of content. For this, the chain teams are launching a new device called Game Center. Inspired by that already offer beIN or Canal + with their respective applications, there is a second screen broadcast on beIN Sports 2. The images of the main chain are times and enriched with other content such as plans from remote cameras , statistics or live-tweet. Matthew Crubezy, Director of antennas in beIN does not exclude resume the concept in the future, for example at meetings of Champions League and Ligue 1.
For its part, TF1 - which will broadcast 5 matches 4K in partnership with Orange - also seeks to go beyond mere TV broadcast. In addition to the launch of a dedicated website, the chain will offer a Live Football Center on its web and application. During each game, the viewer can use the camera he wants to see the game in his own way. The teams also want to go faster in the distribution of short videos.
60 million broadcasters?
"We will launch a video-on-demand, instant release" explains Nicolas Lemaitre, director of digital content at TF1. Whether it's a goal or a yellow card, every key moment of the game was cut and brought online in less than two minutes. Applications such as Periscope Live or Facebook will be used in addition to the antenna, before or after the meetings.
An analysis of social networks which will also build M6, which will disseminate clear the final of Euro 2016. The chain will use technology developed by French start-up Vigiglobe. His algorithm allows producers to discern the major trends of discussions, especially on Twitter.
The chains will draw on their firepower to reach the general public, but operators might finally allow their fiercest competitor to emerge: the spectators. If the networked devices to their promises, Euro 2016 could also live with the owners, with applications such as Periscope Live and Facebook.France has 60 million breeders, each of them could become diffuser.
The studio Ubisoft Paris will soon offer players a new episode of Ghost Recon. In Wildlands, they will enjoy a completely open world and a multitude of missions.Pending the announcement of the release date at E3, here is an overview of new.
At the start of the project, a simple "think tank" that seeks to revive the Ghost Recon license, respecting their fundamental (authenticity, tactical) while making the switch to a new generation. Four years later, the small team has grown, and is now the studio Ubisoft Paris who is in charge of development Wildlands. In its workforce, there are a bunch of enthusiasts, already at work on previous versions like Future Soldier . Whether Eric Couzian (Creative Director), Jean-Marc Geffroy (creative manager) or Nouredine Abboud (senior producer), all are veterans of Ghosts, in their way.
In their thinking, if the idea of an Open World quickly made his way, remains to be seen how this true sandbox can use the license and propel a new era.What good is able to walk freely around a strategic point if it is to respect the usual scripts once entered the area? Wildlands will have to allow players to choose their own approach, through consultation before the assault. Yes, work together because the other critical aspect of Wildlands is its cooperative aspect: the team of Ghosts is comprised of four soldiers permanently. A single player will be supported by three artificial intelligences, which will give place at any time to other players. Finally, the last big change for Ghost Recon, the type of confrontation proposed. Here the enemy and place go hand in hand, since the quartet will head to Bolivia to face a formidable drug trafficking cartel, Santa Blanca.
A dependent story of your choice
The choice of Bolivia does not take as its illegal activities around the drug, but also to the variety of environments that can be encountered there. A wild as diverse nature between lush jungle, swamps, snowy peaks, desert plains punctuated with small villages ... It is in a idyllic often our small group of soldiers will have to fight a real war with the barons drugs, in an open world, alive, that reacts to your actions. Another thought originality so as to leave more freedom to players, the story is nonlinear and depends on the choices made. Each mission aimed to destabilize the cartel, little is important the order in which one decides to fill them.
Take the example of a clandestine laboratory that is preparing to send its cargo of white powder under the command of a lieutenant iconic Santa Blanca: White Hat, recognizable by his white hat. Respecting a first type of remote approaches, Ghosts skydive to land atop a mountain overlooking the laboratory. Then they carefully slide down the peaks to a ledge with a point as discreet qu'imprenable view of their target. If the title uses mainly seen in the third person to allow the player to have better awareness of his environment, he immediately goes to the first person during the reporting. This is equally valid for the sniper team for a single gun for set plays an enemy.
Thousand ways to die
When White Hat suddenly appears in a window, the sniper the shade coldly.While other traffickers fled with their cocaine cargo, Ghosts go after them buggy, throwing the truck into a ravine. In a more stealthy approach, the Ghosts are choosing to strike at night and pouring rain. With their night vision goggles, they first marked all potential targets outside of the building and are approaching eliminating any threat with discretion, through the silent equipping their weapons. After capturing and White Hat evacuated in the trunk of a car, they trigger the C4 loaves placed throughout the building.Effective. The last option considered is to cause an ambush on departure of the convoy and drug cartel attack men everywhere. Panicked and disorganized men die one after the other, and the Ghosts seized cocaine convoy. White Hat is spared because the quartet knows that the cartel will make him pay for this dismal failure. A few minutes later, White Hat succumbs to a sequence of torture carried out by a giant skull tattooed a skull. Return to Santa Blanca men against each other thus seems possible tactics, as cause uprisings villagers and trigger riots.
The feeling of participating in the evolution of the world cry from the number of shares in open world here seems reality. Could not conclude without mentioning the quality of the game engine, which, in addition to a greater freedom of action, also provides day / night cycle and weather to consider in determining the timing of an attack. We look forward to learn more about Wildlands, including its release date. We bet that the next E3 will reserve us a lot of news about it.
The clauses criticized by the High Court of Paris concerning the quality and continuation of service and the right to terminate subscribers.
After four years of proceedings, SFR was sentenced by the High Court of Paris for 22 unfair terms and / or illegal, reports the UFC-Que Choisir behind the complaint.
The operator, who can appeal, must pay 30,000 euros in damages, publish the judgment on the home page of its website and of course change its practices. If the fine may seem slight, it satisfies the UFC-Que Choisir, which speaks of a "significant victory".
For the organization of consumer, the court's decision shows that "SFR, as all operators can not unilaterally exempt itself from its legal and regulatory obligations as regards the quality and continuity of service, and the termination rights of its subscribers. "
Failure to comply with legal obligations
Among the clauses pointed out by the justice is an exemption from liability for failure calls, SMS or data transmissions over its network (up to 10%). Failure SFR commitment to its customers on minimum rates has also been deemed illegal as the limitation to a month for the consumer to take action after a break in service.
The court also criticizes the operator to have it signed its customers clauses preventing any termination without charge in case of rate increases or inability to access optional services.
Monday, 4 April 2016
An MIT lab has developed a new technology to pinpoint the devices connected to a Wi-Fi network. This could help to provide users enter a password ... and even avoid being hit by its UAV.
The Wi-Fi has freed us from the cumbersome and restrictive Ethernet cable but we forced to run after the password key that guarantees access. Whether a conference, in a bar or a friend, we meet sometimes private connection when we know that a Wi-Fi network just waiting for us.
Recognizing this limitation, researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at MIT have developed a new method that could upset the Wi-Fi uses both outdoors and in buildings or in our apartments.
extremely accurate location
Called Chronos, the technology used to locate a device with a Wi-Fi module with an accuracy of a few feet without using any external sensor. So far, to pinpoint a device with a Wi-Fi network, you had to triangulate its position from several terminals or use expensive devices that use frequency bands ultra wide.
Chronos not only calculates the angle of a PC, for example, compared to a Wi-Fi transmitter but also to obtain the distance between two network elements. For this, it uses the "flight time" data between the transmitter and the receiver by multiplying the information received on the different channels available. Thus, almost Chronos uses a gigahertz frequency field to establish its measures of "flight time" with an accuracy of less than a nanosecond.
A multitude of uses
By enabling location with hotspots public, Chronos could upset our in-depth use of the famous wireless standard. We can imagine serve a password-free network for all users operating in a specific area. Whether the boundaries of your apartment or inside a public space such as a bar or why not a train. A techno that could also be useful to businesses that offer free Wi-Fi to avoid that individuals enjoy without entering their network ...
But the uses could go well beyond this simplification of security. In a house, depending on the number of people detected in a room, a smart home automation system could adjust the heating and the ambient temperature. In a store, Chronos could be used to pinpoint a customer to offer him information contextualized with greater accuracy.
It is also possible to see this technology take off, outdoors. With Chronos, researchers from the FBI showed that it is possible to position a drone over its user with an accuracy of about four centimeters. This would ensure greater security for users.
Martin Bouygues accuse hint Xavier Niel have frustrated the redemption of its operator Orange. The rivalry of the two entities so fate reinforced this episode and promises new mobile promotion wars ... to the benefit of consumers.
Free Mobile against Bouygues Telecom is a trade confrontation doubled regularly lawsuits that lasts since the arrival of Iliad in the mobile phone market in 2012. It is also the story of a personal enmity between Martin Bouygues and Iliad CEO Xavier Niel. A liability that could be responsible for the failure of the negotiations which were to lead to the acquisition of Bouygues Telecom Orange .
Martin Bouygues attack Xavier Niel in the media
It is in any case the version that Martin Bouygues is trying to impose in the media implied shots. As in this interview with today Figaro .
" Martin Bouygues : If we were four in the table, there were only three to want to succeed. Clearly, one of the protagonists harbored the ambition to have the maximum pay the minimum, while keeping the possibility to withdraw.
Le Figaro : You talk about Xavier Niel, the owner of Iliad?
Martin Bouygues : I leave everyone free of his interpretations ... "
Doubt on the possible identity of the protagonist. The Echos also shows that Xavier Niel had set extremely demanding conditions to sharing the assets of Bouygues Telecom. In this case, Free Mobile was especially interested in the frequencies and antennas that would have allowed him to move up a gear on the deployment of its network. But as it would have been afraid that the agreement is retoqué by the Competition Authority, he would be able to withdraw at any time if he did not get 75% of what he claimed. Martin Bouygues would have been afraid that he would serve as leverage against him during the twelve months of the Investment Competition Authority.
Iliad has, moreover, requested to extend by two years the Free roaming agreement with Orange. A clause again accompanied by a suspensive condition.
New Mobile promotions are waiting
There is no evidence that Xavier Niel has scuppered the deal alone. The role played by the government, including the inflexibility of Emmanuel Macron refusing to lower the valuation of Orange, also seems to have weighed heavily in this failure.
As it is not possible that Free Mobile spends 10 billion euros to winning Bouygues Telecom, operators now find themselves condemned to remain at four. This inevitably promises a revival of commercial rivalry between Free Mobile and Bouygues Telecom. A confrontation which however had never stopped, even during negotiations . It should intensify fail, especially as SFR is now regularly invited to the game of packages sold off . This is not the situation that the President of ARCEP Sébastien Soriano is calling for to appease the market and make it viable for all stakeholders.