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Bouygues Telecom may not be able to finalize its acquisition of La Poste Mobile this year as planned due to disagreements between the MVNO's parent companies over the sale's terms and conditions.

The French telecom operator recently revealed this information, nearly three months after signing a EUR 950 million exclusivity agreement to purchase La Poste Mobile from SFR and La Poste, both of which are French network operators.

In February, Bouygues Telecom announced its intention to finalize the deal within the calendar year, pending antitrust approvals and other necessary clearances.

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However, this timeline is now uncertain. The telecom operator reported that SFR and La Poste have informed it of disagreements regarding the transaction's terms and conditions. As a result, La Poste has invoked the dispute resolution mechanisms outlined in their joint venture agreement. The specifics of the dispute have not been disclosed.

"This could have an impact on the timetable for completion of the transaction," the operator said, without revealing more details.

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Bouygues Telecom had intended to transfer La Poste Mobile's customers to its own network by 2027, coinciding with the expiration of its wholesale agreement with host and parent company, SFR, at the end of 2026. There is still a possibility of adhering to this timeline, provided the disputes between SFR and La Poste are resolved.

Bouygues Telecom, 90.5% owned by the Bouygues group, is a full-service electronic communications operator distinguished by its commitment to providing top-tier technology to its 28.5 million customers. Its high-quality 5G and 4G networks cover 99% of the French population. Coupled with its fixed and cloud services, Bouygues Telecom offers customers seamless digital solutions, enhancing their digital experiences at home and work, regardless of location.

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