France is one of Europe’s key markets for telecom convergence. It has Europe’s largest IPTV sector, while a fast-growing number of consumers have adopted bundled offers. The success of this market largely rests on fierce competition which has brought the cost of most bundles to below €30 per month. DSL operators have invested in network upgrades incorporating ADSL2+, while the incumbent France Telecom is deploying a wide-reaching hybrid ADSL/fibre network providing high bandwidth services to meet consumer needs. The consolidated cable sector is now dominated by Numéricable, which manages an upgraded network capable of competing effectively with DSL offerings. Significant progress has also been made in France’s digital terrestrial TV sector, with the first region having been switched to digital services. This report reviews France’s multiple-play and digital TV sectors, including services such as VoD and IPTV and developments in digital, cable and satellite TV. It also examines the latest regulatory measures relating to digital convergence and applications.
IPTV subscriber base continues growth; DTTV ASO reached; trial interactive data broadcasts of using HbbTV authorised; DVB-T2 standard may be adopted by end-2015; Orange TV migrates to single access platform; SFR drops IPTV service in favour of partnership with Canal+; regulator’s market data to Q4 2012; operator data to Q4 2012; market developments to April 2013.