Like every week, we offer you our column “It happened at Free and in telecoms…” This one invites you to dive back into the events that made the news of the current week, but during the years , the decades, even the previous centuries. These events will concern Free of course, but more broadly telecoms and digital. Memories memories …
February 1, 2003: Free launches its Freebox V2
The first Freebox of the name was entitled to its first hardware update after a release in 2002. No real design change in this V2 deployed on February 1, 2003. It is mainly an improved version of the first box from Free, with a new power supply and new components for VoIP. It will take a year for a new “real” version of the Freebox.
Find here our retrospective on the evolution of Freeboxes
February 1, 2011: Free-reseau.fr is born
The site dedicated to raising the problems encountered on the fixed networks of Free is celebrating its 13th anniversary this week. Launched on February 1, 2011 by members of the Journal du Freenaute, free-reseau.fr lets you know the status of Free’s unbundled network in real time and any breakdowns, while specifying the DSLAMs that cannot be reached. Happy birthday !
February 1, 2013: Freebox TV subscription subject to subscription
Since the launch of its first triple play offer, Free had always considered the Freebox TV package as an integral part of its offers. It was on the first day of February 2013 that Xavier Niel’s operator decided to make it a service subject to a €1.99 subscription, still included in the Freebox offer, however. This is why you can still unsubscribe from the bouquet today, from your subscriber area.
February 1, 2018: A showdown between TF1 and Orange begins
A conflict based on broadcast agreements. Failing to reach an agreement with Orange, after two years of negotiation, TF1 announced on February 1, 2018 to suspend the supply to Orange of the MyTF1 replay service and to have asked the operator to broadcast its channels on its boxes. A standoff then ensued between the two parties, with La Une asking to be paid more, while Orange considered the price to be excessive. Eventually, the case was resolved the following month, with a return to normal on March 12, 2018.
03 February 2009: Alice presents her new AliceBox
A new marvel for operator Alice! Pun aside, it was on February 3, 2009 that the new box was presented by Alice. This new box then offered several new features, including MiMo WiFi and an integrated router. Also noteworthy among the new features of this offer, the “Premium TV Service” option, which offered a new VCR HD TV decoder, allowing record 40 hours of program in SD and integrated live control. The latter was also supplied with CPL boxes, a novelty for the operator.
February 3, 2020: a new version of the Freebox mini 4K proposed
A final hardware update before being withdrawn from sale two years later. Indeed, it was on February 3, 2020 that Free’s Android box began to be deployed massively with WiFi 5.
February 4, 2004: Facebook is launched
It is the juggernaut of the beginning of the century, the first social network to explode all records: Facebook was launched 18 years ago by Mark Zuckerbeg from his room at Harvard University. Far from the juggernaut that it is today, at the time the site was indeed thought of as a network dedicated to the university elite.
For our cinephile readers, “The Social Network”, a film by David Fincher recounts the creation of Facebook and here is the trailer.
February 5, 2021: the anti-Huawei law validated by the Council of State
In France, we will have to do without Huawei, which is ahead of its European counterparts in terms of 5G equipment. The Constitutional Council validated this Friday, February 5 “thehe devices appearing in a law of 1is August 2019″, imposing, among other things, significant restrictions on the Chinese giant on the fifth generation of mobile telephony in France. This was all the more important for Bouygues Telecom and SFR, whose networks were largely made up of equipment from the Chinese giant.
This article was taken from the Univers FreeBox website