Friday, 8 May 2009

Virgin Mobile in licence bid discussions with Numericable – France

Virgin Mobile France’s Chief Executive Officer, Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, has revealed that it is in the midst of negotiations with Numericable, amongst others, to present a joint bid for the fourth French 3G licence.

The French MVNO, which has been active since April 2006 and uses the Orange France network, announced its intentions to bid for the fourth licence at the end of April 2009, citing that the licence was ‘good value’.

Geoffrey Roux de Bezieux is quoted as saying that a joint deal with Numericable ‘made sense’ due to the number of subscribers each company has, 1 million for Virgin Mobile France and 4 million for Numericable respectively.

A Numericable spokesman responded to the announcement, saying that a potential agreement with Virgin Mobile France was only one of the potential options under consideration.