France Telecommunications Report Q2 2016
BMI View: In accordance to our expectations following the 700MHz spectrum auction in December 2015,there is a move towards consolidation in the French market, after discussions were reported betweenOrange and Bouygues. SFR and Free are also involved in the talks, as there will need to be concessions tothese two players to gain regulatory approval. Many issues are yet to be resolved, including the stakes ofthe States and Bouygues in a merged entity, but this follows the new trend of deepening at play in themarket, four years after Free's entry. All players are now converged, with strategies focusing on advancednetworks, content, greater convergence and connected objects.
Convergence continues to be a driving trend in the market, with regulator ARCEP reporting that 24% ofmobile plans were on quad-play, and 69% of TV subscribers also had broadband services as part of theirplan.
The distinction between service and hardware continues to grow, with 65.5% of postpaid users being onSIM-only plans.
Latest data from the regulator, dating from Q315, reported there were 18.5mn LTE users in France, upfrom 7.8mn in Q314.
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