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2006-2007 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in France and Switzerland


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This report covers France and Switzerland, both key telecom markets in the forefront of emerging technologies and deployments, and closely involved with developing telecom markets in Eastern Europe. Trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media including VoIP, VoD and IPTV developments.

Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses
  • trends and developments
  • Facts
  • figures and statistics
  • Industry and regulatory issues
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Benchmarking
  • Major Players
  • Revenues
  • Subscribers
  • Prepaid
  • VoIP
  • IPTV
  • VoD
  • digital TV and DTTV
  • Converged media.


BuddeComm’s latest France and Switzerland Annual Publication, ‘2006/2007 Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in France and Switzerland’, profiles two key European markets in the forefront of telecoms development in the region. France has one of Europe’s largest telecom markets, and has emerged as a leader in fibre deployment. The country also has a progressive incumbent operator forging ahead with its NeXT strategy to upgrade its infrastructure to an all-IP network, and so keep pace with similar moves in neighbouring Germany, the UK and The Netherlands. Switzerland’s smaller telecom market has excellent broadband and mobile services despite topographical challenges, and in 2007 becomes the first country in Europe to make broadband access a universal service.

This report presents a concise overview of sector liberalisation and privatisation, the development of product offerings for both mobile and broadband, essential operator statistics highlighting sector development, regulatory changes and their implications, and the emergence of convergence and triple play services in these two central and important markets.

Key Highlights

  • France is Europe’s leading market for VoIP and IPTV services, both of which are hugely popular. Three main service providers - neuf Cegetel, France Telecom and Free (Iliad) - compete for customers. VoIP traffic accounted for 17% of all voice traffic by mid-2006, and was forecasted to reach about a third of all traffic by the end of 2007, placing a major strain on France Telecom’s voice revenue. In addition, VoIP-only providers may face the wall in coming years as the technology becomes a minor component of content-driven triple and quad play offerings.
  • Digital TV take-up was boosted in 2006 with the launch of numerous channels and a geographic widening of the service’s reach. The merger of Vivendi Universal with Canal+ and TPS effectively presented Vivendi with control of the French digital pay-TV market. Seven of the nine new-launch DTTV channels were reprimanded in September 2006 over their performance and broadcasting quotas, prompting further diligence from the broadcasting regulator to oversee the sector in 2007 and coming years.
  • France’s mobile penetration rate remains substantially lower than the EU15 average, but thus provides considerable room for further growth in 2007. The MVNO market share is likely to remain relatively small in coming years, perhaps gaining 17% of the market by 2010, compared to 27% in neighbouring Germany. Threats to the dominance of the main network providers exist from a growing number of low-tariff providers and third-party resellers. Despite their small market share, these operators rapidly increased their subscriber base in 2006 and were certain to continue this growth as the government remains determined to develop the sector as an effective competing force.
  • Growth in the Swiss mobile market slowed during 2006, with the market approaching saturation, yet the mobile data sector promises to considerable progress in 2007 given that almost half of Swiss households have UMTS/GPRS phones. Data applications such as MMS have become increasingly popular, while data technologies such as HSDPA have been widely promoted.
  • Growth in the Swiss broadband market continued strongly in 2006, while new legislation to make the provision of broadband a Universal Service Obligation in early 2007 will dramatically increase broadband availability to outlying rural areas.
  • France remains a leader in high speed broadband developments, with ADSL2+ and VDSL2 roll-outs gaining momentum, and thus stimulating demand for triple play services.
  • The fibre sector has become one of the most advanced in Europe, supported by innovative municipal projects in Paris and other major towns, and expecting to deliver fibre to at least 80% of all buildings by 2010. The provider Free launched an ambitious regional fibre deployment using an open network strategy, promising great opportunities for competing operators and content providers in coming years, which will have access to some ten million people.
  • Regulatory controls have continued to advance broadband in France. By mid-2006 local loop unbundling was available to around 54% of installed lines, making France the second largest ADSL market in Europe. Recent growth has come mainly from fully unbundled lines, and the trend is likely to continue into 2007, thus creating further difficulties for France Telecom as the company haemorrhages customers to streamlined and cheaper competitors.
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this 100+ page report is essential reading and gives further information on:
  • How municipal backing for widespread fibre networks will affect promote take-up of triple play services and provide further opportunities for content providers;
  • How increasing demand for VoD and IPTV will stimulate higher bandwidth connections beyond urban areas;
  • How the impending digital switchover will impact on broadcasters and content;
  • The changing face of converged media with widespread triple play services becoming a standard feature in homes.

1. FRANCE
1.1 Key statistics
1.2 Telecommunications market
1.2.1 Overview of France’s telecom market
1.3 Regulatory environment
1.3.1 History
1.3.2 Regulatory authority
1.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in France
1.4 Fixed network operators in France
1.4.1 France Telecom
1.4.2 neuf Cegetel
1.4.3 Tele 2
1.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
1.5.1 National telecom network
1.5.2 International infrastructure
1.6 Broadband market
1.6.1 Overview
1.6.2 Internet market
1.6.3 Cable modems
1.6.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
1.6.5 Other DSL developments (xDSL)
1.6.6 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
1.6.7 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
1.6.8 Wireless broadband
1.7 Convergence
1.7.1 Overview of media convergence
1.7.2 Key general trends
1.7.3 Triple play models
1.7.4 Quadruple play models
1.7.5 Regulatory issues
1.7.6 Digital TV
1.8 Mobile communications
1.8.1 Overview of France’s mobile market
1.8.2 Regulatory issues
1.8.3 Mobile technologies
1.8.4 Major mobile operators
1.8.5 Mobile voice services
1.8.6 Mobile data services
1.8.7 Mobile content and applications
2. SWITZERLAND
2.1 Key statistics
2.2 Telecommunications market
2.2.1 Overview of Switzerland’s telecom market
2.3 Regulatory environment
2.3.1 History
2.3.2 Regulatory authorities
2.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Switzerland
2.3.4 Privatisation of Swisscom
2.3.5 Interconnect
2.3.6 Access
2.3.7 Number portability
2.3.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
2.3.9 Universal service
2.4 Fixed network operators in Switzerland
2.4.1 Market overview
2.4.2 Swisscom
2.4.3 TDC Switzerland (Sunrise)
2.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
2.5.1 National telecom network
2.5.2 Switzerland’s ISP market
2.6 Broadband Market
2.6.1 Overview
2.6.2 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
2.7 Convergence
2.7.1 Overview of media convergence
2.7.2 Triple play models
2.7.3 VoIP
2.7.4 Regulatory issues
2.7.5 Digital TV (DTV)
2.8 Mobile communications
2.8.1 Overview of Switzerland’s mobile market
2.8.2 Regulatory issues
2.8.3 Mobile technologies
2.8.4 Major mobile operators
2.8.5 Mobile voice services
2.8.6 Mobile data services
2.8.7 Mobile applications
3. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS


List of Tables


Table 1 - Country statistics France - 2006
Table 2 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2005
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - March 2006
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - September 2006
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - June 2006
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - June 2006
Table 7 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 - Telecom market revenues by sector and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 9 - Telecom market traffic volume (million minutes) and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 10 - Number of fixed lines and annual change - 2004 - 2006
Table 11 - ARPU by sector and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 12 - Interconnect revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 13 - Interconnect volume and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 14 - LLU, shared access price - connection, monthly rental - 2004 - 2005
Table 15 - Unbundled loops and access lines - 2004 - 2006
Table 16 - Access lines, LLU and bitstream (regulator data) - June 2006
Table 17 - Numbers ported - 2003 - 2005
Table 18 - Numbers ported (regulator data) - 2006
Table 19 - Indirect connections and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 20 - France Telecom operating statistics (€ million) and annual change - 2006
Table 21 - France Telecom revenue by sector and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 22 - neuf Cegetel operating statistics - 2005 - 2006
Table 23 - Tele2 operating statistics - June 2006
Table 24 - Internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2006
Table 25 - Narrowband subscribers - 1999 - 2005
Table 26 - Access lines, LLU and bitstream (regulator data) - June 2006
Table 27 - Internet revenue by access type - 1998 - 2005
Table 28 - Dial-up Internet and broadband revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 29 - Dial-up Internet subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 30 - Broadband subscribers by type and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 31 - Total broadband subscribers by type and penetration - 2000 - 2006
Table 32 - Total broadband subscribers and share of Internet subscribers - 2000 - 2006
Table 33 - Broadband market share by provider - 2005
Table 34 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - stronger market growth scenario - 2005 - 2010; 2015
Table 35 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - weaker market growth scenario - 2005 - 2010; 2015
Table 36 - Narrowband Internet subscriptions and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 37 - Narrowband Internet revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 38 - Home PC users and penetration - 1995 - 2005
Table 39 - Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2005
Table 40 - Market shares of the major cable broadband companies - 2004
Table 41 - UPC France cable, Internet and telephony statistics - 2005
Table 42 - UPC France financial statistics - 2004 - 2005
Table 43 - ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2006
Table 44 - France Telecom DSL subscribers - March 2006
Table 45 - Free revenue and annual change - Q3 2006
Table 46 - Free subscribers and annual change - Q2 2006
Table 47 - Liberty Surf DSL and narrowband subscribers - March 2005
Table 48 - neuf Cegetel operating statistics - 2005
Table 49 - Free projections - Paris fibre - 2006; 2008; 2010; 2012; 2014
Table 50 - neuf Cegetel triple play access price per month - 2005
Table 51 - Free triple play subscribers - June 2006
Table 52 - VoIP traffic as proportion to all traffic - 2005 - 2006
Table 53 - Cable pay TV subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2005
Table 54 - UPC (France) operating data - 2005
Table 55 - Satellite pay TV subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2005
Table 56 - Canal+ revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 57 - Canal Group subscribers - 2005 - 2006
Table 58 - Mobile subscribers by operator and annual growth - June 2006
Table 59 - Mobile subscribers and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
Table 60 - Mobile services revenues and traffic - 1998 - 2006
Table 61 - Mobile services revenues by sector and annual change- 2005 - 2006
Table 62 - Average ARPU for operators - 2005 - 2006
Table 63 - Mobile voice traffic and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 64 - Mobile operators’ market share - 2005 - 2006
Table 65 - Mobile operators’ share of net adds - 2005 - 2006
Table 66 - Mobile numbers ported - 2005 - 2006
Table 67 - Orange Group operating statistics and annual change - 2006
Table 68 - SFR revenue - 2004 - 2006
Table 69 - Bouygues Telecom subscribers - 2005 - 2006
Table 70 - Bouygues Telecom financial statistics (€ million) and annual change - 2006
Table 71 - MVO and MVNO net adds - 2005 - 2006
Table 72 - Prepaid and contract subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 73 - Subscriber monthly consumption of applications and annual change - June 2006
Table 74 - National SMS traffic volume - 2004 - 2006
Table 75 - SMS messages / month / user - 2004 - 2006
Table 76 - SMS and MMS traffic volume change - 2005 - 2006
Table 77 - Mobile multimedia user base and growth - 2004 - 2006
Table 78 - Country statistics Switzerland - 2006
Table 79 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2004
Table 80 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 81 - Internet user statistics - September 2006
Table 82 - Broadband statistics - June 2006
Table 83 - Mobile statistics - June 2006
Table 84 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 85 - Swisscom PSTN and ISDN lines - 2004 - 2006
Table 86 - Fixed telephony connections - 2000 - 2004
Table 87 - Telecom sector revenue and investment - 2000 - 2004
Table 88 - Swisscom voice traffic volume by type and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 89 - Swisscom financial statistics and annual change - 2004 - 2006
Table 90 - Net revenue by segment and annual change - 2004 - 2006
Table 91 - Swisscom market share by sector - 2000 - 2004
Table 92 - TDC Sunrise financial statistics and annual change - 2005 - 2006
Table 93 - TDC Switzerland fixed, Internet, mobile subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2006
Table 94 - TDC Switzerland cable TV, Internet subscribers and annual change - March 2006
Table 95 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2005
Table 96 - ISDN subscribers - 1995 - 2006
Table 97 - Internet users and penetration - 1996 - 2006
Table 98 - Total broadband subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2006
Table 99 - Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2006
Table 100 - Broadband market share by technology - June 2006
Table 101 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - stronger market growth scenario - 2005 - 2010; 2015
Table 102 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - weaker market growth scenario - 2005 - 2010; 2015
Table 103 - Cablecom subscribers and operating statistics - 2005
Table 104 - Leased line capacity, end users - 2004
Table 105 - Swisscom ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2006
Table 106 - Swisscom dial-up subscribers - 2003 - 2006
Table 107 - TDC Switzerland fixed, Internet and mobile subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2006
Table 108 - Fibre connections by type - 2003 - 2004
Table 109 - Broadband powerline connections - 2001 - 2004
Table 110 - Satellite broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2004
Table 111 - Broadcasting statistics - 2005
Table 112 - Cablecom operating statistics - 2005
Table 113 - Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change - June 2006
Table 114 - Share of net adds by operator - 2005 - 2006
Table 115 - Share of subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2006
Table 116 - Mobile services revenue and annual change - 1999 - 2004
Table 117 - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2006
Table 118 - Mobile numbers ported - 2000 - 2004
Table 119 - Swisscom Mobile ARPU and AMPU - 2004 - 2006
Table 120 - Swisscom Mobile financial statistics - 2003 - 2005
Table 121 - TDC Sunrise subscribers - 2004 - 2006
Table 122 - Orange mobile subscribers, revenue and EBITDA - 2000 - 2006
Table 123 - Swisscom Mobile prepaid, postpaid subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2005
Table 124 - Swisscom prepaid share of subscribers - 1998 - 2005
Table 125 - Prepaid subscribers and share of total subscribers - 1999 - 2004
Table 126 - Swisscom Mobile annual and monthly SMS traffic - 1999 - 2005
Table 127 - SMS and premium SMS traffic - 1998 - 2004
Table 128 - MMS and premium MMS traffic - 2003 - 2004
Table 129 - WAP accesses and data traffic - 2003 - 2004


List of Exhibits


Exhibit 1 - Orange and SFR WiFi plans compared
Exhibit 2 - 3G beauty contest winners
Exhibit 3 - Premium SMS market overview - 2005
Exhibit 4 - Operators GPRS and GPRS/WiFi - WiFi launch dates

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