Bouygues Telecom

Bouygues Telecom (French pronunciation: ​[bwiɡ telekɔm]) is a French mobile phone, Internet service provider and IPTV company, part of the Bouygues group. In terms of age, it is considered to be the third oldest mobile network operator in France, after Orange and SFR, and before Free Mobile. Its headquarters, designed by Arquitectonica, is located at the border of Paris and Issy-les-Moulineaux near the River Seine.

Bouygues Telecom
Founded4 October 1994 (1994-10-04) (company foundation)
30 May 1996 (1996-05-30) (launch of mobile services)
Area served
ServicesMobile network operator and Internet service provider
Revenue5.636 billion euros (2010)
444 million euros (2010)
Number of employees
9,200 (March 2011)

In January 2016, Bouygues Telecom were subject to negotiations regarding an acquisition from mobile carrier Orange,[1] which did not progress.[2]

Legal issuesEdit

Antitrust LitigationEdit

Along with French Operators Orange SA and SFR, Bouygues Telecom was, in 2015, found by the Autorité de la concurrence (the French competition body) to have acted against the best interests of consumers and the economy by sharing confidential information between 1997 and 2003. The three companies were collectively fined €535 million in total. In November 2007, Bouygues Telecom went to court seeking the annul the ruling.

Court Order for Equipment RemovalEdit

In February 2009, the company was ordered to take down a mobile phone mast due to uncertainty about its effect on health. Residents in the commune Charbonnières in the Rhône department had sued the company claiming adverse health effects from the radiation emitted by the 19 meter tall antenna.[3] The milestone ruling by the Versailles Court of Appeal [fr] reversed the burden of proof which is usual in such cases by emphasizing the extreme divergence between different countries in assessing safe limits for such radiation. The court stated that, "Considering that, while the reality of the risk remains hypothetical, it becomes clear from reading the contributions and scientific publications produced in debate and the divergent legislative positions taken in various countries, that uncertainty over the harmlessness of exposure to the waves emitted by relay antennas persists and can be considered serious and reasonable".[4]

Bicycle racing teamEdit

They sponsored the bicycle racing team Bbox Bouygues Telecom from 2005 to 2010.


  1. ^ Scott, Mark (2016-01-05). "Orange in Talks to Acquire Bouygues Telecom". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ Thomson, Adam (1 April 2016). "Orange and Bouygues merger talks collapse". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ Barstad, Stine (18 February 2009). "Kunne ikke bevise at strålingen var ufarlig". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  4. ^ Residents living next to a phone mast vs. the mobile phone company Bouygues Telecom (Versailles Court of Appeal 4 February 2009). Text

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