Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Long before the coming of the World Wide Web, the Minitel provided a sort of internet-in-one-country. Long before Facebook, Google or Twitter - millions of French people went 'online' daily to search for information, to book their holidays, chat to strangers or seek cheap (or not so cheap) sexual thrills."
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We have in france one ISP called Iliad (aka Free) that did a lot for internet adoption and competition on france. They were the first to offer a quadruple play offer, they are a technological pioneer regarding TV over IP, they not only operate their own network but also build their own networking equipment, and their services are very geek-friendly. And most importantly, their aggressive pricing prevents other ISPs from gouging their prices too much.

They are now also doing their magic in the cellular network space, where they are offering since earlier this year mobile phone subscriptions with very aggressive pricing to the utter dismay of the three other french mobile phone companies.

The kicker? They made the money that allowed them to do all this because they used to be the largest phone sex and minitel sex service operator.

Edited 2012-06-16 17:03 UTC

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