Bouygues Telecom

For the cycling team, see Bbox Bouygues Telecom.
Bouygues Telecom
Industry Telecom
Founded October 1994 (1994-10)
Headquarters Paris, France
Area served
Services mobile network operator and Internet service provider
Revenue 5.636 billion euros (2010)
444 million euros (2010)
Number of employees
9,200 (March 2011)
Parent Bouygues

Bouygues Telecom (French pronunciation: [bwiɡ telekɔm]) is a French mobile phone, Internet service provider and IPTV company, part of the Bouygues group. Its headquarters, designed by Arquitectonica, are located at the border of Paris and Issy-les-Moulineaux near the River Seine.

In January 2016 Bouygues Telecom were subject to negotiations regarding an acquisition from mobile carrier Orange.[1]

Large fine for unethical business practices

In 2005 along with SFR and Orange SA, Bouygues Telecom was 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 cancellation on its edition.

High Court ruling to remove base station

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.[2] The milestone ruling by the Versailles Court of Appeal 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".[3]

Erroneous phone bill

In October 2012 the company charged Solenne San Jose 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros for her phone usage. The company initially offered Solenne San Jose that she could repay in installments, before finally admitting that the bill was wrong and waived the charge.[4]

Bicycle racing team

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. 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.
  3. Residents living next to a phone mast vs. the mobile phone company Bouygues Telecom (Versailles Court of Appeal 4 February 2009). Text
  4. "French phone bill waived after 12qn-euro blunder". 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
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