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Free (ISP)

Free (ISP)
Company nameFree
Company typeSAS
Founder(s)Xavier Niel
Area servedFrance
Key peopleXavier Niel, Maxime Lombardini, Rani Assaf, Antoine Levavasseur, Thomas Reynaud
ProductsISP * 1999 : Voiceband * 2002 : ADSL * 2004 : ADSL2+ * 2007 : FTTH
ServicesQuadruple play * 1999 : Internet * 2003 : VoIP, IPTV * 2006 : Mobile VoIP

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Free is a French ISP, which is a subsidiary of Iliad. It operates in France.

It was the first company to offer a "triple play" service in France, through its self-produced singular Freebox set-top box. It claims to be the first company to have invented the box marketing concept in France, in reference to all the other French ISPs, who thereafter released "triple play" modems named to include the anglicism box as a suffix. These boxes provide comprehensive telecommunication services, such as high-speed internet, telephone and digital television packages, leading to Free becoming the world's number one IPTV provider, through almost systematic offering of IPTV to its subscriber and optimising it to be available on most landlines. Free is recognized as the broadband innovations driver in France, and as the driver of competitive ISP offers in France and in the 30 OECD countries.

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