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France - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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France - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe. The incumbent, France Telecom (Orange), is one of the world's major players with interests in markets across Europe and francophone Africa. Despite sector liberalisation, the company still dominates all sectors though increasing competition from a small number of major players (notably SFR and Iliad) has gradually eroded this lead, prompting it to respond with a range of innovative offers and a wide-ranging NeXT strategy to meet future customer needs. It is also investing in a national fibre network, largely in response to the activities of smaller players in this market. The mobile sector is dominated by a triopoly of providers with relatively low but steadily increasing MVNO competition, while the vibrant broadband market has seen strong growth as a result of regulatory measures promoting competitor access to exchanges through local loop unbundling, as well as to fibre infrastructure and ducts.

This report introduces the key aspects of France's telecom market, providing valuable updated statistics on the country's fixed network, an analysis of operator strategies in coming years, and a review of the key regulatory issues including the status of number portability, wholesaling and carrier preselection.

Key developments:

ACE submarine cable connecting France with African markets makes landing; Orange opens its first 400Gb/s per wavelength cable; Vivendi buys out Vodafone's interest in SFR; Orange sets up Orange Horizons subsidiary to exploit potential in new markets; telecom investment recovers from 2009 downturn;; Orange withdraws from Swiss, Austrian and Portuguese markets; regulator's market data updates; operator data to Q3 2013; market developments to February 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

France Telecom, Iliad, SFR


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of France's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 Revised NFR
4.2 National legal framework
4.3 France NumErique 2012
4.4 Regulatory authority
4.4.1 Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP)
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in France
4.5.1 Privatisation of France Telecom
4.5.2 Interconnect
4.5.3 Access
4.5.4 Number portability (NP)
4.5.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5. Fixed network operators in France
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Fixed-line statistics
5.3 France Telecom
5.3.1 Performance in 2013
5.3.2 Difficulties ahead
5.3.3 International strategies
5.3.4 2015 Action Plan
5.3.5 Rebranding
5.4 SFR
5.4.1 Acquisition of neuf Cegetel
5.4.2 Buyout of Vodafone
5.5 Free (Iliad)
5.6 Bouygues Telecom
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite networks
6.3.3 Wholesaling
6.3.4 Cloud services
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2012 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2012
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2012
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2013
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom service investment 2002 - 2012
Table 9 End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector 2002 - 2012
Table 10 End-user traffic growth by sector 2002 - 2012
Table 11 Proportion of fixed lines by technology 2004 - 2012
Table 12 Telecom end-user revenue 2002 - 2013
Table 13 Proportion of telecom revenue by sector 2002 - 2012
Table 14 End-user telecom market value by sector 2003 - 2012
Table 15 End-user telecom market value annual change 2003 - 2012
Table 16 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 - 2012
Table 17 Fixed-call termination charges 2008 - 2013
Table 18 Interconnect revenue 2007 - 2012
Table 19 Interconnect volume 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Access lines, LLU and bitstream (regulator data) 2008 - 2012
Table 21 Fixed numbers ported annually 2006 - 2012
Table 22 Indirect connections 2005 - 2012
Table 23 Annual change in carrier preselection usage 2002 - 2012
Table 24 Fixed-line revenue (outbound) 2004 - 2012
Table 25 Fixed-lines in service 2011 - 2012
Table 26 France Telecom customers by sector (France) 2006 - 2013
Table 27 France Telecom retail PSTN lines 2007 - 2013
Table 28 France Telecom Group financial data by sector 2008 - 2013
Table 29 France Telecom (domestic) financial data 2007 - 2013
Table 30 France Telecom (domestic) telecom capex 2008 - 2013
Table 31 France Telecom retail and wholesale lines 2006 - 2012
Table 32 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2012
Table 33 SFR financial data 2005 - 2013
Table 34 SFR telecom capex 2008 - 2013
Table 35 neuf Cegetel financial data (historic) 2006 - 2007
Table 36 neuf Cegetel subscribers (historic) 2006 - 2008
Table 37 Free financial data and annual change 2006 - 2013
Table 38 Free telecom capex 2007 2012
Table 39 Free DSL, LLU subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 40 Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector 2005- 2013
Table 41 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 - 2013
Table 42 France Telecom wholesale broadband lines 2005 - 2012
Chart 1 Telecom service investment 2002 2012
Chart 2 End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector 2002 2012
Chart 3 End-user telecom market value by sector 2003 2012
Chart 4 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 2012
Chart 5 Indirect connections 2006 - 2012
Chart 6 France Telecom customers by sector (France) 2006 2013
Chart 7 France Telecom Group financial data 2008 2013
Chart 8 France Telecom (domestic) financial data 2007 2013
Chart 9 France Telecom retail and wholesale lines 2006 2012
Chart 10 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2012
Chart 11 SFR financial data 2005 - 2013
Chart 12 Free financial data 2006 2013
Chart 13 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 2013
Chart 14 France Telecom wholesale broadband lines 2005 2012
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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